Thankful for You – a sweet success: See a photo gallery from the two-part community event

Swoop waves while President Smith holds a frozen turkey to be given out at the Thankful for You drive-thru event.
Swoop, left, and President Smith, center, take part in the Thanksgiving-themed "Thankful for You" event at the George Gervin GameAbove Center.

YPSILANTI – Just in time for the holidays, Eastern Michigan University and partnering organizations invited the community to a free Thanksgiving giveaway and sit-down meal during “Thankful for You” at the George Gervin GameAbove Center on Nov. 16. The event was designed to promote a sense of togetherness and thankfulness.

During the first part of the event, more than 250 cars lined up in anticipation of meal kits for up to six people with traditional Thanksgiving staples and a mix of frozen turkeys, hams, and pies. Following the drive-through event, 500 community members were treated to a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner featuring traditional favorites and a band performance.

“Thankful for You is near and dear to the heart of the Hudley Foundation,” said Samuel Estes, EMU alumnus and vice-chairman of the Hundley Foundation’s Board of Directors. “It’s about servicing the community we’re a part of and providing support, especially during the holiday season.” 

See a gallery of images from the two-part event here.

The Hundley Foundation chairman and former NFL player Brett Hundley volunteered his time with Estes to provide meals and engage with students, faculty, and staff on campus.

Hundley said he felt really good about the event’s outcome. “Just to see the impact is one of the things we strive to do as an organization,” said Hundley. "Seeing the cars lined up means the world that all of these families could come out and get meals they may not have been able to have and have a nice Thanksgiving.”

Event sponsors were Eastern Michigan University, the Hundley Foundation, Chartwells (the national food service management company behind the University's EDining operation), and Golden Limousine

Additionally, Chartwells hosted “Thank-ful,” which featured holiday fixings, a canned food drive, interactive sustainability crafts, and more at the Commons for students, faculty, and staff.

About Eastern Michigan University
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November 17, 2023

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