SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Every year, Austin College students gather the day before school starts for an event called First We Serve.

"We really do this so the freshmen can get an idea of how service-minded Austin College is," said Madison Wilson, a board member of the student group Service Station, which promotes volunteering efforts and organizes several charity events throughout the school year. "It's a good start to the year, working towards something bigger than themselves."

Students pack bags of food for Kids Against Hunger, a nonprofit group that supplies food to impoverished children across the world.

Some freshmen, like Jordan Skaggs,  also use the event as a way to make friends before classes begin.

"I was just kind of interested," she said. "I had nothing else to do, so I thought it'd be a good opportunity to meet people and do something good."

Incoming freshmen are required to participate, but upperclassmen are welcome to join in as well.

"It's a lot of fun. I come back every year without fail," said junior Clay Bourne. "I got here early today to help set up because I was just so ready for it."