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Sculpt It at GSU

The rotunda at Georgia Southern was transformed Wednesday into a collection of treasures, anchors and other pirate-themed designs, all made out of donated canned goods and clothing.
    Students from various organizations on campus collected food and clothing for the less fortunate during the past few weeks On Wednesday, they gathered to stack and design their items into various shapes related to Georgia Southern's homecoming theme, "Eagles of the Caribbean: Shipwrecked at Southern."
    The food collected will be donated to the Statesboro Food Bank while the clothes will be donated to John's Place.
    The event, known as "Sculpt It" and held though the office of volunteer services, drew approximately 32 different groups, according to Diana Hensley, coordinator of volunteer services.
    "They'll sculpt it into something and then we'll judge them and declare the winner," Hensley said.
    Vincent Lanceford was participating with others from the Eagle Village Residence Hall Council and said they collected more than 200 items to donate.
    "We had a contest on all the floors to see which one could collect the most items," he said.
    Lanceford's group decided to arrange their food in the shape of a treasure chest.
    Melinda Gram, also a member of the Eagle Village Residence Hall Council, said it was important to participate in events like this because it helps raise awareness of others in need throughout the community.
    "It's not only a for a good cause, but it helps with team-building as well," Gram said.
    Courtney Balmforth's sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, also took part in the event. Balmforth said they are a service organization focuses on helping others.
    "We're always looking for way to go out and get involved in the community," she said as other members of her group shaped their donations into an anchor.
    Hensley said the event has been held for "several" years in the past.

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