Dear NMC Students, Faculty and Staff:

I hope you are having a successful fall semester! As we head into November, I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family over a meal this Thanksgiving. To make sure we can all share in this important tradition, I am asking for your help. 

Recently, instructor Kristy McDonald invited me to a business communications class to see their experiential learning project in action. These students are improving their professional communication skills, while serving the community, by organizing a project to provide 125 Thanksgiving meals to NMC students and local families who need a little extra help this year. 

They believe everyone should get to experience Thanksgiving, and with our help, we can help make this come true. They are asking us – the NMC family – to join in the efforts. You can donate as an individual, or join together with your classmates or co-workers to share in the spirit of gratitude! The class is asking us to help them collect:

  • Mini Marshmallows (125 bags)
  • Cranberry Sauce (125 cans)

Red collection bins will be located on main campus at the Innovation Center, Osterlin Student Success Center and at Parsons-Stulen on the Aeropark Campus.

There are other ways you can help too! The class is looking to make an even greater impact by also raising money. All of the funds raised will go towards the 125 meals. Any additional funds raised will support the NMC Food pantry or be used towards next year’s project. Every donation will be matched up to $5,000! And you might even win a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge by donating. To give go to and follow these simple steps.  

  1. Select the amount to give.
  2. Designate gift to “other.”
  3. Manually enter “Food For Thought Thanksgiving Project.”
  4. All contributors will receive a receipt.
  5. Email the receipt to Cam Walker to be entered to win a two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge.

Having experienced homelessness and food insecurity in my life, I know first hand what a difference your donation can make for a family in need. I admire these students’ desire to help others this Thanksgiving. Please join me in supporting this effort. For more information, or if you have any questions, please email Mahli Braak at

Thank you for your help. Together we can ensure all Hawk Owls have a memorable Thanksgiving!

Nick Nissley, President

Nick Nissley, Ed.D. | President | Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College

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