Students Raise More than $24,000 for Charity During Homecoming

Students from the Homecoming Committee present checks to representatives from NEMO Senior Citizens Services and the Alzheimer’s Association. All totaled, more than $24,000 was raised for charitable organizations during Homecoming festivities this year.

As part of Truman Homecoming activities, students raised more than $24,000 in support of local and national charities.

At halftime of the Bulldog football game, Oct. 21, representatives from the Homecoming Committee awarded checks to the Alzheimer’s Association and NEMO Senior Citizens Services in the amounts of $6,082.85 and $18,248.61 respectively for a grand total of $24,331.46.

For years, students and organizations have used Homecoming as an opportunity to support philanthropic causes. To raise money this year, students hosted events where members made and sold food items while other groups also offered food delivery. Other efforts included sponsored nights at local restaurants, pie an organization member, sticker sales, concert nights, game nights and other unique and fun events.

Last year the Truman community raised more than $17,000 in support of Special Olympics of Northeast Missouri. Previous local organizations supported during Homecoming include the Kirksville FLATS project, the Adair County Humane Society, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, the Kirksville Child Development Center and the I Think I Can Foundation.

Truman will celebrate Homecoming next year the weekend of Oct. 26.