Thanks to a host of students, faculty and staff members at Roger Williams University, 65 families in Bristol and Warren will enjoy a robust Thanksgiving Dinner to kick off the holiday season.
On November 15, the University community gathered for the annual Turkey Basket Contest. Co-sponsored by the Student Volunteer Association and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the contest accepts baskets (with full fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving feast) from any individual or group within the campus community – creativity encouraged.
“The containers for each entry defy the definition ‘basket’ as they take unusual and creative forms each year, including larger-than-life turkeys, Macy’s parade floats, iconic American landmarks and the Mayflower,” according to an email from Director of the Feinstein Center KC Ferrara.
Entries for 2011 included a giant touch-tone telephone, Snoopy’s doghouse, a hand-painted hope chest, a “tow-mater” truck and even a replica of the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen – the partner organization that coordinates distribution of the baskets throughout the community.
While each basket must contain all of the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal (including a gift card to purchase a turkey), many include special items ranging from coloring books and baby food to roasting pans and decorative wreaths.
Four prizes were awarded in three categories: creativity, quantity and “People’s Choice.” The 2011 judging panel consisted of President Donald J. Farish, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jeremy Campbell and Mary Lero, the school nurse at Colt-Andrews Elementary School in Bristol. This year’s winners were:
Student Volunteer Association – Replica of the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen
Intercultural Center – Global Hope Chest
Tutorial Support Services – Snoopy’s Doghouse
Men’s Baseball Team – Traditional Turkey Basket