Lady Tigers give back during TSU's community service day
Friday, August 27, 2010

Nashville --- As a part of TSU's fourth annual community service day, the Lady Tiger basketball team volunteered at the ThriftSmart on Nolensville Road.

Behind the theme, "It takes one student, one campus & one day of service to make a difference," Tennessee State University students, faculty and staff gathered at the Gentry Center for registration before traveling to various sites in Nashville.

A few areas included among the volunteer sites were Monroe Harding, Feed the Children, Radnor Lake State Park, the Ronald McDonald House and ThriftSmart.

ThriftSmart is a non-profit faith based organization whose earnings support New Hope Academy, Mercy Children's Clinic, African Leadership and the Beliz Project.

ThriftSmart's mission statement is: ThriftSmart exists to provide value to customers, opportunities to employees and benefit to charities by operating the best thrift stores in the world and promoting thrifty living - all for God's glory.

Throughout the morning, the Lady Tigers and coaches assisted with donation receiving, shoe recycling, hanging merchandise, distributing clothes, cleaning and stocking shelves.

"Non-profit organizations thrive on volunteers so we certainly are happy that the women's basketball team came," commented assistant manager Rhonda Furgus. "We have a 30,000 square foot building that we maintain and keep organized with only 14 paid staff members. We depend on volunteers. Without them we could not keep our store organized. As far as the work the team has done today, one person doing it would have taken a lot longer. They did an extraordinary job."