Student Organizations Sponsor Holiday Service Projects
December 9, 2003
Every year, near the end of the semester, student organizations at Mount Union College sponsor holiday service projects.
The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon recently sponsored a holiday party for children on December 7 at their fraternity house. Over 150 children from the four elementary schools in the Alliance school district, Northside Elementary, South Lincoln Elementary, Parkway Elementary and Rockhill Elementary attended.
The children had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa, do arts and crafts, and watch a holiday movie. Philanthropy chair, Steve Klinger, a junior from Massillon, believes the day was a success. "It really was a fantastic time," he said. "The kids really enjoyed it."
On November 23, Alpha Xi Delta had Project Sanctuary. Each year, the sorority invites local, needy families to their house for dinner and gift-giving. They get the names of these families from local churches or schools.
The families are given all of the food that they need for a holiday dinner and Santa Claus usually comes for the children. President of Alpha Xi Delta, Lesley Hollaway, a senior from Medina, really appreciates the help that the sorority can give to families. "I love it," she said. "Usually, when we do philanthropic activities, we raise money and donate it in check form. Doing this, we get to spend a whole day with children and their parents."
Also, the Student National Education Association (SNEA) in association with the Salvation Army sponsored a "Giving Tree," which was located in the Campus Center. Local parents and family members approached the Salvation Army with requests for help in fulfilling their children's Christmas wishes.
The Salvation Army then provided tags detailing the children's needs to SNEA to place on a Christmas tree. Then, as part of a "trust system," interested Mount Union students pick a tag from the tree, buy the gifts listed and take them to the Campus Center Bookstore. All gifts were returned on December 5.
According to SNEA president, Katie Hopkins, a junior from Hudson, "the Giving Tree gives students the opportunity to show that they care. Some people don't feel comfortable joining an organization to do service work. With the tree, people can still give."