Thanksgiving with the Cru: Student orgs get festive

Student organizations all around campus are preparing to celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways. Here are four student organizations who are getting into a festive spirit before the Thanksgiving break.
Apostolic Cru is a fairly new organization and will be celebrating their one year anniversary as a campus ministry later this month. To celebrate Thanksgiving, Apostolic Cru is hosting a Friendsgiving in Meyer 216 on Thursday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. There will be food, games, and worship.
“Thanksgiving is a holiday about coming together as a community,” Apostolic Cru’s President, Senior accounting major Lauren Lum, said. “The first thanksgiving was about how the pilgrims and the Native Americans came together and celebrated through fellowship. We want to recreate that fellowship.”
For more information on the event follow Apostolic Cru on Instagram at Apostolic.Cru.
The Association of Black Students (ABS) hosts several events throughout the year. Last year, their event was a multicultural fashion show. This year, ABS is hosting a Fall Festival and Talent Show on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the McLane Great Hall on the third floor of the Bawcom Student Union. There will be a speaker, and students perform their talents in front of their peers.
There will also be a collection box for helping hands so attendees can bring donations and give to the community through this event.
The English Club also hosts two events annually. “Operation Christmas Child” allows students to donate different items like toys, hygiene products, school supplies, etc. to underprivileged children in the bell county area. Students can find boxes for donating in Heard, Sanderford, the nursing building, the library, as well as the the York and Wells building, until Nov. 12. The English Club’s other annual event, “Literary Hand Turkey Contest” involves designing a mock book cover that features a hand turkey every November. Past winners include Hedda Gobbler, Don Turkeyote, The Gizzard of Oz. and As I Lay Frying. Competitors vie for various prizes including the coveted “Baste in Class.”
The ASTRA Club (a community service club: Ability Service Training Responsibility Achievement) held its fall-themed appreciation dinner on Friday Nov. 2 for members and staff of the famous “meth house,” which serves lunch to college students every Wednesday. The Methodist church’s congregation was served chicken fried steak, a variety of vegetables, mashed potatoes, and deserts made by the students. After a sermon and a meal, congregation members were given ornaments engraved with a special note from the club.
“The president of the club and several others have gone to the meth house for lunch all through their time in college,” Astra advisor Traci Squarcette said. “They wanted to show their appreciation for the volunteers who have cooked every Wednesday for the last 14 years. They wanted to invite them to an eloquent banquet with dinner, testimonials, and gifts.”

The ASTRA Club held an appeciation dinner for the “meth house” volunteers on Friday. Nov. 2. The club gave Christmas ornanments to their guests.
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