JMU Gives Back with "The Big Event"

By: Todd Corillo Email
By: Todd Corillo Email

One year after the Springfest Riots, students at James Madison University are giving back to Harrisonburg.

All of Saturday's volunteer opportunities were part of JMU's "Big Event," a chance for more than 500 JMU students to say "thank you" to the Harrisonburg community through service.

One of Saturday's volunteer opportunities was a diaper drive at the Harrisonburg Crossing Wal-Mart.

Students teamed up with the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to collect diapers and adult pads/guards.

The collected diapers will help low-income families in the Harrisonburg area meet the basic needs of raising a child.

Diaper drive organizer Sarah Pike says she hopes the JMU students participating in the "Big Event" will send a positive message to the community.

"We're trying to show that we want to have a positive impact in our community, so on a one-year anniversary, a 'sorry' from the JMU population to say, 'We are sorry for what happened last year and we do respect and appreciate our community,'" explains Pike.

The goal of Saturday's drive was to collect 8,000 diapers.

That goal was surpassed with 8,662 diapers being collected, in addition to $734, which is money the organizers will use to purchase additional diapers to distribute to needy local families.


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