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Roos Give Back: Spreading Hope One PB&J at a Time

First Gen Roos Come Together to Give Back to our Community
Brooke Trammel/Roo News
Student walking towards UMKC’s Student Union.

  First Gen Roos and UMKC’s Alpha Alpha Alpha fraternity gave back Wednesday, Feb. 28 by making over 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to hand out to Kansas City’s unhoused population. 

  This generous give-back took place in the First Gen Den in Atterbury Student Success Center. 

  Andrica Wilcoxen, academic success and First Gen Roo coordinator, spoke about her experience guiding these students during this give-back, highlighting the significance of serving the community.

“For our program, we are very intentional to help support our students. We don’t want to just support them,” Wilcoxen said. “We want them to be able to give back because they know the feeling of what it is to be supported and to support someone else and help them.” 

  ReNewed Hope Food Pantry took the prepared sandwiches and passed them out the following Friday. 

  First Gen Roos hold a community service opportunity every month. In March, the team will create canvases with inspirational sayings and affirmations and give them to local nursing homes, according to Wilcoxen.

  “Making sandwiches is easy,” freshman criminal justice major Colton Stewart said. “It’s a task that’s easy to us but means a lot to them. One sandwich I make is one person fed, so I figured this is the best way to spend my time.” 

  For more information on events hosted by First Gen Roos, check out their events schedule here

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