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UAA hosts free Thanksgiving meal for students and community

There are many reasons why some people might not have a place to go for Thanksgiving—home might be too far away to go to for the short holiday, funds might be tight this year or maybe the idea of cooking a large meal for friends and family is just too daunting this time around.

Whatever the reason, those who find themselves with no place to partake in a holiday feast can find solace from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Gorsuch Commons.

“It’s just another option for them,” USUAA Sen. Christine Borowski said.

The event is free and open to the public.

She said the Thanksgiving spread consists of a carving station with roast turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied yams, green beans, coleslaw and a variety of salads, deserts and beverages.

Mathematics sophomore John Repasky said he’ll be going to the meal because he works at resident life and his family is too far away to visit for Thanksgiving. His dad is in the Army, and his family is currently stationed in New York. He said he used to look forward to the food during the holiday season, but this year he’s just grateful to have a break from school.

Drew Lemish, outdoor leadership and administration sophomore, said he also works for resident life and will be going to the meal. He said he mostly looks forward to eating the stuffing and hearing what people are thankful for.

Borowski said volunteers are still needed Wednesday and Thursday to help prep food and set up the event.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Anita Bradbury, USUAA administrative assistant at 907-786-1203 or Christine Borowski at cmborowski@alaska.edu.

Written by J. Almendarez

J. Almendarez is a journalism junior who transferred to UAA this fall from San Antonio College, located in South Texas. At SAC, she worked at the national award winning student publication, The Ranger, as a reporter, photographer, Multimedia Editor and Executive Editor. After graduation next fall, she plans to work as a reporter for a daily in South Texas. Eventually, she would like to earn a Master's degree in Media Convergence. After a long career in journalism, she will go back to San Antonio College, teach a reporting class and die while preaching in front of a group of students about the importance of legit journalism and AP Style.