A Buffalo Thanksgiving: Ideas for D’Youville Students

Thanksgiving in the U.S. is celebrated on November 28th. What can you do on campus and around Buffalo to celebrate? Here are a couple ideas!

Help Out at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

Food_Giveaway_2004St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is a nonprofit that provides assistance to the those in need in Buffalo. They provide food and clothing to those in need; visit nursing homes; and provide residence to men overcoming various substance abuse addictions.

Every Thanksgiving, the mission donates thousands of grocery bags full of food to families in need. If you would like to help out, give them a call!  Next Saturday morning, November 23rd, volunteers will be at the mission to assemble all of the grocery bags.

Help Out with Campus Ministry Thanksgiving Dinners

Several clubs and organizations are coming together right here on campus for a non-perishable food and change drive.  Proceeds will go towards helping our Campus Ministry create baskets for families in need.  If you don’t come across the clubs collecting change or canned goods around campus, feel free to bring items to KAB LL13 or just stop by Campus Ministry in KAB 121 to see how you can help out!

Run or Volunteer at the YMCA Turkey Trot

turkeytrotEvery Thanksgiving morning, tens of thousands of runners of all ages and abilities line up to run the Turkey Trot 10K from North Buffalo to the Buffalo Convention Center (There will be buses at the after-party to take you back to the start).

Groups of runners often dress up in outlandish costumes, and this year the second annual costume contest will be held as well.  If you’re worried about trailing behind, plenty of people walk the race, and there is always someone on the sidelines to cheer you on.  You can also volunteer to help with the race packets, race day setup, or help out at the water stops and when the runners finish as well.


Do the Hustle!

The night before Thanksgiving and the long weekend is a popular time to go out and enjoy the Buffalo night life, especially since there are no classes the next day! Some interesting spots to check out among your travels:

disco1The World’s Largest Disco

November 30th, from 9pm to 1am, be ready to dance and dress head to toe in your most bedazzled disco era wear.  Find out more about the Worlds Largest Disco here.

Listen to Music and Support a Good Cause at The Hotel Lafayette

If the disco is too pricey you may want to check out this charity event at the Hotel Lafayette. Tickets are $20 in advance, and several bands will be performing in over five different rooms of the hotel. If you bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Christmas program for needy children, your first drink is free.

hotelThe Hotel Lafayette was an early 1900s hotel that has been recently renovated. If anything, it is definitely worth checking out as a testament to the revitalization of the historic city of Buffalo!  Find out more about The Night B4 Thanksgiving here.





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Major: Physical Therapy (DPT)
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When I graduate: I’d like to work in a clinical setting, focusing on pediatrics and women’s health.

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