Full Thanksgiving Meal Donated To Low Income Students

SANTA BARBARA -- Every year for more than three decades, Santa Barbara City College donates a complete Thanksgiving meal for low-income, single-parent families who are enrolled in school. 

Throughout Wednesday morning on campus, 150 students drove up to the Thanksgiving dinner giveaway. For many, Thursday's food festivities wouldn't happen if it weren't for the donation. 

Volunteers filled cars and trucks with turkey and all the trimmings. 

"Rolls, whipped cream, dressing for the turkey, potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, gravy and butter. So we hope that that's everything for a student to prepare their meal for their family," said Chelsea Lancaster, Extended Opportunities and Program Services (EOPS) adviser. 

The annual event through EOPS helps less fortunate students and their children. 

"It's amazing, right? It's like, really? It's crazy. It's really good though," said SBCC student Nancy Damore. 

Each student received enough food for a family of four, allowing the single parents to share the feast with some other family members. 

"And it looks like we've been given plenty enough to do that, to share. I was going to head to the grocery store but it looks like I don't need to do that!" said Shannon Stark with a laugh. 

Campus and private donors make the giveaway possible for the students working on earning their degree. 

"I have a 4-year-old, I do, yes. So it's nice. He's going to be super excited. He's like, 'Mommy pie, whipped cream!' It will be a good Thanksgiving now that we got a little bit of help," said Nicole Balacios. 

"If you can imagine the things that low-income families go through especially in this economic climate, they're the ones that are really hit the hardest. They really appreciate this meal," said Lancaster. 

The food for the 150 families was provided by the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, Jordano's, Albertson's on the Mesa and Lazy Acres.



Sanchez, Victoria. "Full Thanksgiving Meal Donated to Students" Key News. 21 November 2012. Web.

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Russell Crowe donates $250,000 to a Jewish school fire-bombed in Montreal

"What we do in life echoes in eternity" Russell Crowe firmly stated as Maximus in his Oscar winning performance in Gladiator.  Crowe's good deed for a Jewish school in Montreal will certainly be remembered for generations to come.

In 2004, Russel Crowe was filming Cinderella Man in Toronto when United Talmud Torahs elementary school was fire-bombed as a hate crime.  Anti-Semitic comments were found on the outside if the bombed library.

Crowe was very upset that someone would do such a horrific crime to a place of learning.  He immediately offered to help rebuild the library.  In addition to Crowe's wonderful donation and attention, many more donations poured in from across the country.

There are wonderful people in the world.  When we all work together, we can accomplish anything.


Peace & Love,


- The Good World News


Oak Knoll students donate hair to American Cancer Society

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"I whip my hair back and forth!".  No this isn't the song by Willow Smith :)  This good news story is about seven students at Oak Knoll "upper school" in Summit, New Jersey. 

On October 13th, seven great students donated their hair to the American Cancer Society as part of the Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program.  The hair gets made into wigs for patients going through chemotherapy.  So far, the Pantene program has donated over 24,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society.

The seven students and their Physical Education teacher, Rachel Lasda, each donated at least 8 inches of hair.  Lasda has donated her hair several times and thought this time she would get students involved in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Ms. Lasda stated, "It is crazy how something most of us take for granted can be such a beautiful gift for someone going through one of the most difficult times in her life,".  Eight grader, Elizabeth Sweetra (what a fitting name!) commented on why she donated her hair - "I wanted to donate it because I really wanted to be able to give some other girl the gift to have hair again,".  After seeing how little 8 inches is, Elizabeth decided to take off two more inches!

Another Oak Knoll student donating her hair

Donating my hair was an amazing experience," Mary Mallany '15 said. "It felt so freeing and gratifying to feel the weight of my hair leave my shoulders. I know that it may be a while until my hair grows back, but honestly it's worth it. The most important thing to me was that I knew that someone would hopefully gain a bit of happiness from it."

On thing is for sure - they are making positive differences in peoples lives!


Peace & Love,


- The Good World News


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