Minot State University Collegiate DECA Helps Out with Backpack Buddies

Brenda Parks | Minot State University Collegiate DECA

Chapter members of the Minot State University Collegiate DECA team have teamed up with the Souris Valley United Way in Minot, N.D., to assist in the Backpack Buddies program at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic school year.

The Backpack Buddies program helps to provide food to children that go home hungry every week with nutritious, self-served foods. These bags are designed to go home with approximately 220 elementary school kids, from ages 5-10 as a way to sustain them so they do not go without.

The Backpack Buddies program has teamed up with many local businesses around the Minot area to gather donations, food items, and time required to pack these bags with care. Each of these bags is carefully packed away to be transported to the schools every Wednesday night, and are taken to schools the next day for distribution.

The Backpack Buddies program has actually been developed by Minot State University students that were in the official College of Business Leadership Program a few years ago. This was initially a student run project idea that turned into a community-involved program and has been increasingly growing from year to year. Gaining traction and success, which only provided for different avenues of charitable giving in the community.

MSU DECA members joined the Backpack Buddies program this year to uplift students with inspirational messages and coloring activities every week. We have also committed to provide at least two volunteers for 32 weeks total, hoping to bring a smile to a child’s face. Each week an MSU DECA officer will create a sheet with a seasonal or holiday themed photo. The coloring sheets are designed, printed and packed by MSU DECA students every week.

As a chapter, MSU DECA members believe that giving back and getting involved with the community is not a task, but a privilege and one they’re happy and eager to continue doing. With 1 in 6 children who face hunger at home, and their only meal(s) coming from those given in school, it’s easy to see why this is such a wonderful cause.

The commitment of joining the Backpack Buddies program in packing these is one that MSU Collegiate DECA wishes to not only finish off this year but continue for years to come – as a way of serving the Minot community, and sharing the DECA name as a reference of commitment to local universities, businesses, community and people.

This article was written by Minot State University Collegiate DECA Fundraising Chair, Brenda Parks. You can follow Brenda on Twitter @bee_parks1.

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