East High students volunteer for Huskers Helping the Homeless

East High students (from left) Addie Weiand, Alexis Smith, Andrea Orozco, Nayeli Orozco, Elisa Orozco and Ariana Orozco participate in Huskers Helping the Homeless Oct. 7. East High won the trophy for having the most registered student volunteers on game day with more than 70.

PHOTO BY JENNIFER HEYWOOD

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach teamed up with over 750 volunteers for the 21st annual “Huskers Helping the Homeless” the weekend of Oct. 7. This year’s event raised more than $54,000 to support MTKO’s hunger relief and homeless prevention services.

Volunteers accepted monetary donations in the downtown area, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores, Russ’s Market and Super Saver stores, and at SouthPointe Pavilions. In addition to community volunteers’ efforts, local businesses and individuals sponsored the event.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of the community,” said Susanne Blue, MTKO executive director. “And a big thanks to all our volunteers who accepted donations on game day and throughout the weekend. Even in the rain! They made it all possible.”

Blue expressed special thanks to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department for partnering with MTKO each year on this event, and to St. Mark’s on the Campus for allowing MTKO to utilize its facility as a central meeting location for the event.

“In addition to the funds raised, the positive community spirit that comes from so many students, families and people of all ages working together to make this event so successful is inspiring,” Blue said. “We are grateful.”

Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, MTKO is a hunger relief and outreach center for those in need. Annually MTKO provides over 100,000 nutritious meals to the hungry in Lincoln and more than 25,000 homeless prevention services such as housing, drug and alcohol evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Learn more at www.mtko.org.

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