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Christmas Projects around Campus

BC students prepare for the second-annual campus-wide Catch-A-Star program.

Emily Sears

November 29, 2011

When making your Christmas list, do you think about what you can do to help others this holiday season? BC has multiple opportunities for you to give back this Christmas.

 

BC’s Student Government Association has started its second-annual campus-wide Catch-A-Star program for the Christmas season. This is when SGA partners with Bonner Leaders and the Bluefield Union Mission to provide presents for children who have one or more parents incarcerated.

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BC students participaing in last year's Catch-A-Star event

 

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to these children who normally wouldn’t have a Christmas,” said SGA’s president Bethany Liddle, a junior from Galax, Va.

 

Every department, organization, and sports team is encouraged to participate as a group to sponsor one child. The child’s name, age, clothing, shoe sizes, and toys they would prefer will be provided to help members know what to purchase.

 

Another way to help out with this project is by coming to the wrapping party, is when everyone on campus comes together to wrap the presents for the children while enjoying Christmas movies and music, hot cocoa, and cookies. It does not matter what you did or did not buy for a child, the wrapping party is about the campus coming together to help out the community.

 

“Last year, it was so wonderful to see our BC campus come together to wrap presents,” said Liddle. “That’s when I decided I wanted to do the project again because the soccer team was wrapping beside the softball team and the sororities were working beside SVEA and so on. I loved seeing the campus so unified, all to support a good cause.”

 

Presents will be collected on Dec. 2, and the wrapping party will be on Dec. 6. For more information about the project, please email Liddle at .

 

Another way students are giving back this Christmas is through the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. This project is when you fill a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and clothes that will be sent to disadvantaged youth in almost every country in the world.

 

Including a personal note with the shoe box and praying for the child is intended for it is strongly encouraged. A $7 check is required to cover postage costs as well.

 

BC sorority Alpha Delta decided to sponsor a shoe box because it is a small way to help children all around the world, according to president Lauren Pillow, a junior from Chesapeake, Va. They also wanted to help the church Dr. Boozer pastors, Grace United Methodist Church, since this church was a drop-off point for the filled shoe boxes. Many Alpha Delta members attend the church regularly.

 

Anyone who is interested in sending a shoe box can check out the website at www.samaritanspurse.org for various drop off locations in the area or pick up a flyer at the BC bookstore.-

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