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Middle Tennessee State University held their annual letter-writing fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday evening in the Student Union Building on campus. This event called students to send letters to friends and family, detailing what Habitat for Humanity is, what they do and if the recipient can send a donation for the cause.
Students from all over campus came out to prepare letters to send off. The fundraising goal was $8,500, according to Jackie Victory, the director of student organizations and service.
“The money that is being raised currently will go towards our build that we will start in February,” Victory said.
MTSU has been partnered with Habitat for Humanity for around 14 years, according to Victory. The organization strives to provide homes for those in need by having volunteers build the homes. Students and residents can get involved by donating to or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. So far, they have been able to build homes for seven families in Murfreesboro.
Many sororities and fraternities were encouraged to come and participate in the event.
“I think it’s a great organization that really helps people when they are in dire need, and it’s important that the school gets everyone so involved with helping them out,” said Shay Dennie, an MTSU freshman and music business major.
Prizes were also raffled off during the event. Prizes included gift cards for Flex Bucks, Target, Chipotle and Amazon.
Jonathan Gandy, an MTSU graduate student and assistant in the Office of Student Organization and Business, said that there is another MTSU fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity called the See Spot Run 5k. Participants of the fundraiser can run a 5k with their dogs and the proceeds go toward the building of homes.
“Right now, we are on track to build a house every two years, and if we could build one every year, that would be great,” Gandy said. “We’ve raised more money every year, and we just hope that train keeps going.”
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