Minnesota State Community and Technical College accounting students put their business skills to work in creating 100 personal care kits that will be donated to homeless individuals in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Sixteen students in Nancy Stigen’s managerial accounting class on the Moorhead campus assembled the kits, which include a wash cloth, bar of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, in early December.
Stigen said students, working in teams of three, began the project by calculating fixed and variable costs, contribution margins, break-even analysis, projecting budgets and providing a variance analysis on the manufacture of the kits.
The kits, assembled Dec. 4, were delivered to Churches United for the Homeless, an F-M charity that provides rooms, a food pantry and a free thrift store to homeless men, women and children.
Donations for the kits came from the Business Professionals of America student organization, the Student American Dental Hygienists Association, Marriott Hotel, and faculty and staff on M State’s Moorhead campus.