The final Holiday Stars Project event for 2008 was held December 4 in the Public Affairs Center. We loaded up all donations onto the Central Illinois Foodbank truck and celebrated the holiday spirit of giving! You can watch a video on the first ever project here.
The 10 teams that took part in the university's first "Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods" competition on Halloween collected 2,049 pounds of food, surpassing the original Holiday Stars Project goal of 2,008 pounds on the very first night of the project!
Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, challenged the campus community to repond in kind.
"Given the students' enthusiasm and energy for this project," she said. "The Project Committee urges the rest of the university to double our first goal and donate 4,016 pounds of food by December 4."
The second year of the program (renamed "Trick or Eat") was even more successful then the first. You can see highlights of the 2009 competition here.