Written by Samuel Ruiz-Gomez, Sport Business Management
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals have found themselves struggling financially, physically, and mentally. These have been tough times for many people, and St. Andrews University as the close-knit community it is, it’s deeply committed to giving back to those in need.
During April, SAU has and will host multiple charity drives to help the Laurinburg community, partnering up with different nonprofit organizations. These nonprofit organizations are a vital part of the city, as they provide services and support for some of the most vulnerable populations.
The first charity drive took place at SAU on Saturday, April 10th at the Football field, where the St. Andrews Knights beat the Point Skyhawks in the last game of the football season.
More people than ever are relying on food banks for their next meals, so the SAAC (St. Andrews Athletic Committee) partnered with Partners in Ministry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth, families, and adults in Richmond, Scotland, and Robeson Counties, and decided to use a unique approach to collect and donate canned food. Instead of paying for entry, fans had to bring at least one canned food per person to watch the game. More than 850 cans were donated to Partners in Ministry, showing that the SAU family is devoted to enhancing the lives of the less privileged. The SAAC had eight kids from Partners in Ministry attend the game and talk with student-athletes. SAAC recently partnered with Partners in Ministry this year and plans to continue their partnership through the years.
St. Andrews is also hosting a clothing drive to benefit Helping Hand and Church Community Services, two nonprofit organizations that provide emergency assistance to Scotland County residents, families, and individuals in need of food, clothing, help with utility bills, rent, or mortgage payments and prescription drugs. There are bins located in the LA building, Belk center, and PE center for people to put their old clothes in. There are many people in need of usable clothing, and our donations can help. Instead of throwing away your clothes, donate them, and make another individual’s life better.
Finally, there’s also a toiletry drive to benefit the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, which has been Scotland County’s primary provider of crisis services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. They have worked with the community to eliminate abuse and fear.
Here at St. Andrews University, we believe in the power of helping others.