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The Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity will ask the campus to donate items for its 3rd annual Thanksgiving food drive Nov. 15-19, when a large shipping bin will be stationed outside the Farinon Center.

Items suitable for donation are canned goods, cooking ingredients such as flour and sugar, and dried foods such as rice. House Treasurer Pete Gagliano ’05 (Flushing, N.Y.), an economics and business major, is organizing the event.

“The purpose of our event is to help out the Lehigh Valley Food Bank during the holiday season,” says FIJI President Drew Moyer ’05 (Blue Bell, Pa.), a psychology major. “The food bank is in constant need of food and cooking supplies and we feel that it’s especially important around the holidays so that everyone can have a nice holiday dinner.”

The fraternity collected a little over 5,000 lbs. of food in the first year of the drive, boosted the total to 6,700 lbs. last year, and hopes for another increase this month.

The group’s next philanthropic event will be the Lafayette-Lehigh Rivalry Run, held annually the day before the football game between Lafayette and Lehigh. On Sunday, members of the Lehigh FIJI chapter will run with a game football halfway to Easton; their Lafayette counterparts will continue the journey to College Hill. Through donors sponsoring the runners, the event has raised more than $4,500 for the American Cancer Society over the past two years during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Earlier this semester, FIJI partnered with the Delta Gamma sorority to raise over $500 for the Red Cross’ hurricane relief fund for Florida.

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