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Help Feed Happy Valley…Again!

You might remember Wal-Mart giving out “buttloads” of  $5 giftcards to State College residents right before last Thanksgiving. Months later, they are at it again. Wal-Mart has sent out another batch of $5 gift cards to off-campus Penn Staters. Rather then making the trek all the way out to Wal-Mart to spend your card on a surplus of Warheads and Solo cups, donate it to people who need it most. Our friends at the State College Area Food Bank will put the money into good hands. Here’s how it works:

1) Bring your free $5 gift card to the HUB Service Desk.
2) Have them put into the University Park Undergraduate Association mailbox.
3) Ask your roommates or neighbors to donate too.
4) Share this article on Facebook and Twitter if you support it.

Last time around, nearly 40 families were fed just off of donated cards. Be sure to bring your gift card by the HUB Service Desk or the UPUA office in 314 HUB before this Friday, April 23rd. Didn’t get a card? Monetary donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated.

Time is running out, so get your donations in!

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