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November 28, 2007

Purdue to begin collection to kick off 2008 MLK celebration

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will begin collecting non-food items at campus drop-off points on Dec. 3 for the annual Gifts-in-Kind drive as part of the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration "Affirming the Dream XIII: Walk the Talk."

Collection boxes will be placed at several university buildings through Jan. 15 for donations of family health items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and baby products, along with underwear, socks, hats, mittens and gloves. A complete list of these items will be posted at each collection site.

Students who live in residence halls can leave a donation bag filled with non-food items in front of their door for pickup on Jan. 12.

The items will be donated to the Food Finders Food Bank Inc., which serves 16 Indiana counties, including Tippecanoe.

Purdue's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration continues Jan. 21 with a lecture by Morris Dees, an award-winning civil rights trial lawyer. Dees is founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

Also on Jan. 21 will be a Day of Service followed by an appreciation luncheon. Volunteers can register to help area nonprofit organizations by calling (765) 496-2450 by Jan. 17.

The Diversity Resource Office will present a workshop on Jan. 16 called Speak Up! The interactive workshop provides an opportunity to learn ways to speak up and respond to everyday bigotry.

The Gifts-in-Kind Drive and other Martin Luther King Jr. events are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations in collaboration with the Diversity Resource Office, Black Cultural Center, African American Studies and Research Center, Office of the Vice President for Housing and Food Services, Latino Cultural Center, Native American Educational and Cultural Center and the Boiler Volunteer Network.

For details, call (765) 494-7307 or visit http://www.purdue.edu/mlk2008

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Alysa Christmas Rollock, vice president for Human Relations, (765) 494-5830, acrollock@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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