October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Jacksonville State University wants students to join the cause with the Save Lids to Save Lives campaign.
“Everybody’s effected by cancer in some way, this will help out the community, help out JSU, a good cause, and trying to do something good in the month of October,” says former SGA president Bryant Whaley, who currently serves as Student Promotions Coordinator for Sodexo Dining Services.
Save Lids to Save Lives is a 10 cent contribution through submission of lids. Yoplait supports the cause, giving $34 million through all of its programs, expanding with even more brands. Not only are the yogurt lids accepted, but now products such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Green Giant, Progresso, Nature Valley, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, as well.
Donations collected from the Save Lids to Save Lives program will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a network of over 100 affiliates to benefit breast cancer outreach in local communities around the nation.
Donation boxes are stationed throughout the JSU campus, including all dining locations: Jasmins, TMB, Gamecock Diner, WOW and the cafeteria. They are also available at the student health center, Stadium Tower and Bibb Graves. Donation boxes will be available for the entire month of October.
Social Work Alumni Mandi Woodard definitely thinks the program is a positive effort by the students.“I think it gives JSU a good name and its reaching out to its community,” Woodard says. “Also it’s an easy way to gain money and it would probably be beneficial for them to sell them at the café.”
Breast cancer research is the philanthropy of campus organization Zeta Tau Alpha, and ZTA member and reigning Miss Jacksonville State Beth Milam is using breast cancer awareness as her platform in her campaign for Miss Alabama. “My vision or dream is to leave it better than I found it, and to actually make an impact doing it, [donating],” says Milam. “It’s the little things that really make a difference.”