The Christmas season is a time to give, not only to family, but also to the community. The Forsyth Library on the Fort Hays State University campus is encouraging FHSU students to do their part for the Hays community in a unique way.
FHSU students can bring any un-expired, undamaged canned food item and for each item donated, $1 will be "forgiven" towards the overdue fines.
"It was decided that this was a better way for the students to pay their fines," said Lacey Wegner, manager of circulation and reserve. "This way the students could help the community as they are paying their fines."
The food donated can only be used toward overdue fines, not lost or damaged material charges.
Students are encouraged to donate food items even if they do not have any overdue fines. Any non-perishable food item will be accepted.
"In the past, there have been over 1,000 items donated," said Wegner.
The food collection began on Dec. 1 and will run through Jan. 16. After the collection is finished, the library will take the food to the Community Assistance Center food pantry.