Christmas for kids

By: Riley Holcraft

The holiday season is here, and Volunteer State Community College is celebrating with an annual Christmas for the Kids event.

It is an opportunity for low-income students at Vol State to provide a Christmas celebration for their children.

For over 10 years, Christmas for the Kids has allowed Vol State students to give their children between ages 0-16 a Christmas to remember.

Campus organizations and other individuals are encouraged to sponsor a child by selecting an ornament from the Christmas tree located in Woods Campus Center in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room.

The ornaments with individual information on the different children will be displayed Nov. 16, and the gifts of up to $75 are due Nov. 29.

The Office of Student Engagement and Support handles the applications and houses all of the gifts. The children are able to unwrap their surprises at a Christmas party on Dec. 1.

If a family wishes to participate, applications for the children receiving gifts are due on Nov. 9. The application includes a survey that asks for information about hobbies, interests, and needs so the children can receive gifts of significant value.

Attendance for the party event is required. Light refreshments will be provided for all guests, and Christmas-themed activities and games will be set up for the children. Santa will also be attending, and families are encouraged to snap a photo with him.

This fundraiser is hosted by Vol State’s Student Government Association. These individuals are responsible for keeping track of the children and sponsors and setting up the event on Dec. 1.

Vol State students, faculty, staff, clubs, and organizations are all qualified to sponsor one or more children.

Coordinator of Student Activities, Tabitha Sherrell, is passionate about the opportunity that Christmas for the Kids provides.

“This is one of my favorite events each fall semester. It is a chance to help support our Vol State students and their families during the holiday season,” explained Sherrell.

Do you want to provide a joyful Christmas for children of Vol State students? Are you a struggling student at Vol State with a child that needs a happy holiday? Christmas for the Kids is the event for you.