On Monday, November 22, 2010, the Iona College Athletic Department participated in the college's annual Thanksgiving Baskets Drive. Members of Iona's 21 Division I athletic teams and members of the Iona community were asked to purchase and assemble "baskets" to give to economically disadvantaged families to try and spread the joy that the Thanksgiving season brings. The baskets were beautifully packaged and filled with traditional foods of Thanksgiving, including sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and apple cider!
Sponsored by Campus Ministries, the Blessing Ceremony included the offering of prayers, reflections, and songs of Catholic tradition. Immediately after the service students and faculty loaded up the vans so the food could be delivered to Abraham House, Hope Community Services, and Greyston Child and Youth Services. The Thanksgiving Drive was once again a huge success. With both project organizers and student-athletes alike thrilled with the overall outcome of their efforts, it was truly something special to be involved in.