DMU students to collect for food pantry during beggars’ night in Des Moines

October 26, 2009 —

Don’t be disgusted if you get older-than-usual trick-or-treaters on your porch Friday evening. A group of about 60 Des Moines University students will be collecting non-perishable food items during beggars’ night in Des Moines to give to those in need.

They will be knocking on doors between 6 and 8 p.m. in the Arbor Peaks, Drake, Greenwood Historic, Ingersoll Park, North of Grand, Salisbury Oaks, Westwood and Woodland Heights areas. (Using the neighborhood boundaries on

Any non-perishable canned or boxed food items would be appreciated. All collected goods will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s emergency food pantry. If you are interested in donating, please have your donation ready by the door or in a grocery sack.

If you won’t be home Friday evening or the group misses your house, email to have items collected.

# # #

Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.