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November 20, 2009

Turkeypalooza brings Thanksgiving dinners to area needy—Students volunteering with Campus Kitchen are preparing and delivering holiday meals to Azalea Terrace Senior Apartments, The Children’s Home, Holly Haven House, Horseshoe Apartments and the Prodigals Community. “Turkeypalooza is the one project all the national Campus Kitchen programs do together each year,” said Shelley Graves, Campus Kitchens director at Wake Forest. Media are welcome to film and interview students preparing food on Sunday, Nov. 22, Noon – 2:30 p.m. Dozens of Wake Forest students volunteer each week to prepare and serve meals for the needy in Winston-Salem. The Wake Forest Campus Kitchen is one of 20 across the country run in conjunction with the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C. That program grew out of a student-run program called Homerun started by two Wake Forest students in 1999.

Contact: Kerry King, kingkm@wfu.edu or (336-758-5237)

Some have turkey, some have lamb: Students share traditional Muslim meal during Thanksgiving

Religion professor Nelly Van Doorn-Harden and students in her class, Introduction to Islamic Traditions, are hosting a traditional meal for Eid-Ul-Adha: The Feast of Sacrifice on Monday, Nov. 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. They will be preparing the food from 4 – 6 p.m.  The feast will include lamb, specially prepared with cinnamon and other middle-eastern spices, hummus, baba ghannouj, rice and other traditional Middle Eastern foods. Muslim students in the class will share lessons on the meaning of the celebration and provide traditional music. The feast is celebrated after the Hajj—the annual pilgrimage to Mecca—which this year falls over the Thanksgiving holiday. “All of our Muslim students are American so they celebrate Thanksgiving, but often the major feast of Eid-Ul-Adha goes unnoticed,” says Van Doorn-Harden.  “That they are on the same day this year offers an opportunity to share the celebration in a unique way.” Members of local Mosques have been invited to share the dinner with students. Food left over will be shared with local organizations that provide food for the hungry. The event is from 6-8 p.m. in the lower auditorium of Wingate Hall, Wait Chapel. Media are welcome and may arrange to come as early as 4 p.m. for interviews and filming.

Contact: Kerry King, kingkm@wfu.edu or (336-758-5237)

Worldwide, 450 million people live with unmet mental healthcare needs: counseling professor acts.  In remote areas of developing countries, family crises, trauma, violence and the stress of everyday living produces mental health needs that go unrecognized and untreated. The Mental Health Facilitators (MHF) program, launched in 2008, is a first step toward meeting this urgent need. Wake Forest counseling professor Donna Henderson co-developed a unique training course with easy-to-follow lessons that helps nonprofessional community volunteers in developing countries identify and respond to cases of dementia, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and depression. Henderson has traveled with the MHF program to Mexico and Bhutan to train facilitators. “By making the curriculum simple to understand and retain, the participants we train have an easier time sharing their knowledge. Participants who grasp the information well enough become trainers themselves when the return to their communities, and in this way, never-before-served populations have access to community-based mental health care services,” says Henderson.

To arrange an interview, contact: Kerry King, kingkm@wfu.edu or (336-758-5237).

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084


Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893


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