Adopt-a-Family Haul (and Food Drive Reminder)

MULSA continued its tradition in 2011 with the Adopt-a-Family program.  MULSA sponsored two families.  Donations were due on December 7 and delivered on December 12 after a wrapping party in the Cataloging Department.

Below are some pictures that Ruthe Morse took of the haul.

This is also the last week of the Holiday Food Drive.  Donations can still be made using the boxes that are set up in your department or branch library until Thursday, December 16.  This is a contest and the winners will be announced at the Holiday Party on Friday, December 16.  There will be prizes for the two departments/branch libraries which have donated the most food items (in pounds) and the most cash.  Just a few days left- fill those boxes up!

Thanks to Ruthe Morse and Steve Clayton, and to all those who donated and helped with our holiday giving.

Holiday Food Drive

Courtesy of Steve Clayton:

Holiday Food Drive –

MULSA will be sponsoring a food drive and contest to benefit the Columbia Area Food Bank, as well as Second Chance (for animals), beginning this Friday, November 18th and culminating on Friday, December 16th at the Winter Holiday Party.  We will provide each department and branch that wishes to participate with donation boxes.  Over the next 4 weeks we encourage library staff to bring in and donate non-perishable food items.  At the annual Holiday Party we’ll announce the 3 departments or branches that have donated the most items.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Let’s fill those boxes up!

If you have any questions please contact Steve Clayton at the Journalism Library, 882-7502.

Team Trivia to benefit Camp Hickory Hill

Gather your friends and join us for a night of fun and trivia on Saturday, September 13 at McGinty’s Pub.

Register your team of up to 4 people beginning at 6:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per person.  Trivia beings at 7:00 and goes until 9:00; prizes to be awarded for each round and for overall winners! 

Pizza and snacks available for purchase; other ways to win included.

McGinty’s Pub, 1312 Old 63 Hwy.

All proceeds got to benefit Camp Hickory Hill, local diabetic children’s camp.

Harvest turnips for Food Bank, earn points for Food Drive contest

Join us Saturday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. to help harvest turnips for the Food Bank! Participants will earn 5 pts. per hour toward the MULSA Food Drive Contest.

Meet in the parking lot at Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church (corner of 7th & Wilkes) to carpool/caravan to the turnip field.  Wear layered clothing and shoes/boots you can get muddy in.  Those who can’t harvest from the field are  invited to bring knives with which to top the turnips before they are bagged fo the Food Bank.

Harvest is scheduled to continue until 12:00 noon.  See Karla Geerlings in the church parking lot on return to get documentation to turn in for the contest.

Assistance needed for United for Sight: Laura Akers’ trip to Honduras

Dear colleagues,


This January I will be traveling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a group called Unite for Sight.  I will work with a partner eye clinic to screen for eye disease, implement education programs, and coordinate sight-restoring surgery for children and adults. I must raise a minimum of $1500 to help the local eye clinic in Honduras pay for surgeries and eye care to those in need. Hopefully I will raise much more to help as many people as possible.

Here is a quick fact: $50 can restore a patient’s sight. $250 can restore sight for five people.

To donate, please visit my Fundraising Page at: 


You can also visit and join my fundraising group on Facebook at: 

100% of your donation will provide eye care to patients living in extreme poverty.

Here are some facts on why eye care is an issue:

  • 60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years
  • Unite For Sight not only restores vision, but also empowers patients and their families.
  • Blindness in the developing world has a significant effect on families, employment, income, and on the education of children within the family.
  • Social stigma related to blind patients is commonplace in many communities in the developing world.
  • Those who are blind are oftentimes considered to be a burden to the family because they are not able to contribute to a family’s income.
  • Instead of attending school, children within a family are frequently assigned to the role of the caregiver of blind adults.
  • Blindness and visual impairment impacts employment opportunities and income levels for individuals and families.
  • Reduced employment opportunities and lower income levels negatively impact the local, regional, and country-wide economics.

If you can’t donate monetarily, send me your used prescription eyeglasses or non prescription UV-protected sunglasses! I have to bring 500 pairs of glasses with me to Honduras.  I will be setting out a collection bin in the downstairs break room at HSL if you have any used glasses you can donate. 

Unite for Sight has opened my eyes to the debilitating blindness that affects many parts of the world, I hope it has done the same to you. I would be very grateful for your support and contributions.



Laura Akers

Graduate Library Assistant

J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO 65212

Help a visiting teacher from Korea in January

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The Asian Affairs Center is looking for Columbia community members to befriend Korean teachers participating in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Participants will meet with the TESOL students informally 1 or 2 times per week, Read more Help a visiting teacher from Korea in January