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April 15 is once again a day to celebrate Wingate

by Chuck Gordon

Gone are the garden-planting, house-building, blanket-making service projects, but despite Covid-19’s stubbornness, Wingate’s day of service and giving is still on. One Day, One Dog is taking place tomorrow (April 15), and you can participate in a couple of ways.

It’s easy to give a gift to your favorite part of campus or to the Annual Fund. Simply visit the One Day, One Dog website and click on the “give” icon. As of late afternoon on April 14, we were nearly halfway to our goal of 1,000 gifts.

The service portion of the day is scaled way back, as it was last year during the early days of the pandemic. But the University’s Collaborative for the Common Good is still collecting much-needed items for distribution to school kids in eastern Union County. Stop by the CCG’s office in Austin Auditorium between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 15 to donate school supplies (paper, binders, pens, pencils, glue sticks, tissues), prom dresses, canned food, period products (tampons, pads) and gently used T-shirts, sweatshirts and shoes. You’ll even be treated to a free doughnut. The event is being run by the Religion 330 service-learning class and Chalk it Up to Love – East, a joint project of the CCG and Heart for Monroe.

One Day, One Dog began in 2016 as a way for the University’s constituents to give, serve and celebrate. For the first four years, students, employees and friends of the University would fan out around campus and the town of Wingate and spend much of the day working on a variety of service projects. Because of the pandemic, last year’s service projects were canceled and all monetary donations were funneled into the Student Relief Fund.

This year, anyone giving gifts can once again choose which area of the University to have their donation directed toward. And with some students still feeling the pinch from the pandemic, the Student Relief Fund remains a donation option.

Join in the One Day, One Dog fun via a live stream tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wingate’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page, the Wingate Alumni Facebook page or the Bulldog Club Facebook page.

April 14, 2021