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Staying Active In The Community After THON

Last weekend, thousands of students, families, and spectators packed the BJC for one of Penn State’s most cherished and beloved tradition: THON.

After a year of bake sales, canvassing efforts, and hundreds of other fundraisers, the Penn State community raised more than $10 million in the fight against pediatric cancer. But now that THON weekend is over, students who once found their days and nights filled with service work are suddenly left with a plethora of free time.

That’s why we compiled a list of some service events happening throughout the rest of the semester for you to get involved in. Though THON might be Penn State’s largest fundraising event, it’s certainly not the only one.

Blood Drives

Blood drives are a great way to give back to the community if you can find the time to visit one. Throughout the remainder of the semester, the Student Red Cross Club will host a blood drive almost every week. In February and March, there are currently eight scheduled blood drives happening somewhere on campus. For more information on when and where all of these blood drives are happening to check out this calendar for the times and locations of the drives.

Lion’s Pantry

Lion’s Pantry was founded to address the problem of hunger at Penn State. The organization’s goal is to supplement any student meal budgets with donations from locals and corporations. Lion’s Pantry is open every Tuesday and Friday from 3-5 p.m. and it’s always looking for more volunteers. For more information what it does and how to get involved, check out the Lion’s Pantry website.

Harlem Globetrotters

As silly as this might sound, you can even do your part by simply attending the Harlem Globetrotters game when they come to the Bryce Jordan Center on February 27. Bridges to Prosperity is raising money through concession stands sales and the Student Red Cross Club will also be working the event. It’s a great way to relieve some of that midterm-related stress and contribute to some great causes.

Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

The annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run will be held on Sunday, April 22. You can wrap up Blue-White weekend with your family and raise some money. All of the proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania, which is a non-profit dedicated to helping children and adults dealing with intellectual disabilities pursue their athletic dreams.

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About the Author

Emma Dieter

Emma is a junior from the ever popular "right-outside" Philly area studying labor employment relations and PR. She's also the Assistant Student Life editor for Onward State. She has been a Penn Stater from cradle and will continue to bleed blue and white, 'til grave. She loves trashy romance novels, watching Netflix, and crying over cute videos of dogs. If you ever want to talk more with her about how great she is, or simply have other inquiries, feel free to email her at [email protected]


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