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TU students team up with local organization to help the homeless

Last spring Thomasville resident Melanie Wheeler was looking for volunteers to help make sleeping mats for the homeless from plastic shopping bags as part of a project she named the “Homeless Hookup.” Thomas University students were among those who answered the call. Students in Professor Richard Curtis’ “Introduction to Studio Art” class learned how to make the mats and used their artistic skills in creating them as one of several community service-based art projects the students completed this semester. (Left to right) Students Laura Mican, Antwon Jolly, Johnell Ginnie and Curtis display some of their creations. Not pictured is Ciera McGriff-Duncan.

 

TU’s ENACTUS student organization teamed up with the Homeless Hook-up and the Studio Art students in the project. ENACTUS members delivered the sleeping mats during a mat-making event at Celebration Church on Saturday, Nov. 17, and later to the homeless in the area during Thanksgiving Week. Laura Mican (left), TU ENACTUS project leader for the homeless mat effort, and Joe Bale, TU ENACTUS president, display one of the mats.

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