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Olivet College gives back for the holidays
Nov 29, 2012

By Becca Anderson, senior, and Sarah K. Smith, junior

With the holiday season upon us, there are many reasons to be thankful. However, many individuals less fortunate need extra care during this time. From now until the first of the year, charitable organizations feel overwhelmed by the amount of requests for assistance from community members. Olivet College is working hard this holiday season to share its visions of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility by giving back to the community through the following service projects:

Student Life has organized a coat drive for local families. Coats can be dropped off to Mott Academic Center room 208 until Monday, Dec. 3. The coats will then be donated to the Oak Chest and local shelters.

Student Government Association has partnered with the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Physical Plant and the city of Olivet to place eight decorated trees in the College Square. After students leave campus for the winter break, the trees will be donated to families who might not otherwise have a tree for the holidays.

Student-Athletic Advisory Committee is collecting canned foods in the Kirk Center.

The Olivet College Gospel Choir has adopted a family from the community chosen by the Olivet Congregational Church. Gifts for the family are being collected in Mott 208 and in the Multicultural Office located in the basement of Burrage Library.

Phi Alpha Pi and Soronian societies are hosting a children’s Christmas party Friday, Dec. 7 for 30-50 underprivileged children. Refreshments will be served, and Santa will give gifts for the children to take home.

Olivet College students participating in the annual Hurricane Katrina relief trip will be traveling to New Orleans, La., Saturday, Dec. 8 for the ninth time. Students will also be taking toys down with them to be donated to the Morgan-Scott Christmas Toy Drive in Tennessee.

The President’s Cabinet will hold a canned food drive Thursday, Dec. 13 and will donate the collection to the Olivet Congregational Church. The church donates about 70 Christmas food baskets to families in need within the community.

Association for Women in Mathematics is holding a technology drive in Mott 306. Students and staff can donate their old cameras, cell phones, GPS trackers and other technology to be recycled properly or refurbished and donated.

Olivet College has a history of serving others since its founding in 1844. As a member of the Olivet College community, students, employees, alumni and trustees commit to the responsibilities outlined in the Olivet College Compact, which states in part, “I am responsible for service to Olivet College and the larger community.” With organizations and families in high need during the holiday season, it’s essential to think of others, and not just ourselves.

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