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Notre Dame de Namur University Shares Thanksgiving Lunch With The Homeless

Belmont, CA, November 17, 2011 — Volunteers from Notre Dame de Namur University will share lunch with hundreds of homeless people at the 19th annual "Thanksgiving in the Park" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Thanksgiving in the Park is an event that allows the community to come together to help those who are less fortunate. The event is sponsored by NDNU's Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, which is handling the collection and preparation of donations from the campus and surrounding community.

Students, faculty and staff and their families share lunch with the homeless and listen to their stories. Members of the NDNU community as well as local businesses have donated food and other items. VET SOS will provide veterinary services, pet food, and accessories such as dog collars.

"This event is a rewarding experience for students because they have an opportunity to get to know the homeless, some of whom are the same age as these students, as more than just numbers, case studies, and stories in the news," said Cheryl Joseph, professor of sociology and co-director of the Dorothy Stang Center.

Volunteers will prepare food on November 22 and 23 at 6 p.m. in NDNU's cafeteria. NDNU students, staff, faculty and alumni will share their Thanksgiving lunch on the Stanyan Street side of the park between Oak and Haight streets. Volunteers may contact the Dorothy Stang Center at (650) 508-4120.