On Friday, Dec. 4, the Student Government Association, under the guidance of the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, will host an event titled, “Christmas for the Kids.” It will be in Mary Cole Nichols Dining Halls A and B from 6 – 8 p.m.
“This is a program to help our students with dependent children 12 years of age and under, that are in need of help during the Holiday Season. It is a fun party with a visit from Santa, craft areas for the kids, games, music a lot of activities for the whole family. At the end of the party, our goal is that each family leaves with a Food box through the help of our Volunteer State Community College Employee Relations Committee, that will have a food drive during the month of November.” said Lori Miller, Secretary with the Office of Student Life & Diversity Initiatives.
Students who would like to get involved with this event can do so with food drive donations and by helping to decorate the day of the party.
Also, we will need key people to be in charge of stations during the party. On Nov. 23, everyone will be able to sponsor a child and purchase gifts for them during the party. Sponsorships will be available in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall A.” said Miller.
Allison Meyers, Vice President of the SGA, is also involved with the event.
“Personally, I believe this is an excellent opportunity to give something special to our fellow students…Christmas for the Kids helps alleviate the financial strain of the holiday season that students with children may face. I encourage students in need of help to apply, and if you know someone who is in need of help this Christmas, please nominate them,” said Meyers.
An ornament for each child will be placed on a giving tree in the tiled dining room, located in the Wood Campus Center. The child’s name will remain anonymous, and the ornament will include a list of the child’s clothing sizes, needs, toy wish list, etc.
“I encourage students, faculty, and clubs to participate and adopt a child off of the tree! The SGA also needs volunteers for the event. If you are unable to donate financially, donate a few hours of your time!” said Meyers.
Those wanting to submit an application or volunteer for this special event can do so by visiting the Office of Student Life & Diversity Initiatives, Wood Campus Center, Room 215.