A newly organized outreach arm of the Freethought Society of the Midlands is collecting food, kitchen supplies, women’s clothing, gift cards and money this Thanksgiving season to help three organizations.
Midlands Agnostics, Atheists & Secular Humanists, or M.A.A.S.H. will collect donations for Food Not Bombs, Harvest Hope Food Bank and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands through the end of the month, said Matthew Facciani, one of the group’s organizers.
“Everyone likes to go out and help,” said Facciani, a USC doctoral candidate in experimental psychology. “It is the season of giving and we thought it would be a good thing to give to these organizations.”
He said the organization also wants to show that secular and non-religious people are interested in outreach, too. The theme of the drive is “To Give Thanks is Human.”
“I think that is a kind of secondary goal, to share that non-religion have morals and want to help out as much as religious people do,” he said.
The items may be dropped off at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St., through the end of November.
For a list of items needed go to: http://fsmidlands.org/events/2014-11.Give_Thanks.html