Carson-Newman University News Office
JEFFERSON CITY — During a fun-filled bustle of springtime activities, more than 70 Carson-Newman University student-volunteers assembled Easter baskets for area children in need.
The baskets were then donated to Morristown-based Food on Foot. They included toys, snacks and activity books for young children. Students lined up to assemble the gifts during the recent on-campus Easter event known simply as “The Hunt.” The University’s offices of community connections and residence life sponsored the event.
“We annually put together ‘The Hunt’ for Food on Foot because they are an amazing organization, and we try to help in any way that we can,” said Stacia Crawley, student director for C-N’s community connections.
“We like to build lasting relationships with organizations in our community and like to continue helping and being a resource to anyone that we can.”
Food on Foot, a Christian-based nonprofit ministry, will distribute the 75 assembled baskets along with food bags to area families in time for Easter. The project is among many ways the ministry provides for the community, along with shoe drives, regular food distribution and more.
“It’s not what it means to our organization — it’s what it means to the children that don’t have much,” noted Bob Jarnagin, of Food on Foot, as he watched students assemble the baskets. “If they could all see the lighting smile they have when they get (the baskets), it’d make their hearts melt. I wish I could give every one of them a hug and tell them how blessed I am to have them working on this.”