Because We Care . . .

By Amy Huber, Editor –

The holiday season is upon us, and at this time of thankfulness and hope many take a

moment to reflect on all we have, and what we can do to improve the lives of others.

This year MCC has at least four groups and organizations taking donations for various

projects, asking people to open their hearts and show others the true meaning of giving.

While the groups are noticeably different, they share one common trait: the desire to

make others’ lives a little brighter.

 

MCC IT, International Games Day participants collect food for kids’ take-home meals

MCC student Cassy Landes checks in with Charlotte Griffin, reference librarian, at the International Games Day at the Meijer Library.She also brought a donation of several food items for the Kids’ Food Basket Program. - Photo by Grace Dowling
MCC student Cassy Landes checks in with Charlotte Griffin, reference librarian, at the International Games Day at the Meijer Library.She also brought a donation of several food items for the Kids’ Food Basket Program. – Photo by Grace Dowling

Kids Food Basket was created in 2001 by a school principal in Grand Rapids who noticed

students digging through the garbage for dinner. After starting the program, she noticed

attendance had risen, due to children wanting to come to school in order to get the sack lunches

to take home.

Edgewater Elementary School in Muskegon began using the program in the fall of 2013,

and by spring of 2014 school personnel noticed a 21 percent increase in MEAP scores, which

they attribute to implementing the program. The MCC Information Technology office has a box

(visible from the hall while walking down the corridors) for donations throughout the school

year.

Items needed include snack-type crackers (individually wrapped a plus), fresh fruit such

as apples, oranges and bananas, individual pudding, gelatin or fruit cups, pretzels, creamy peanut

butter, individual raisin boxes, Cheerios. They also are in need of plastic zipper sandwich and

snack size bags as well as decorated paper standard sized lunch sacks.

 

Christian Club participates in Operation Christmas Child, packs shoeboxes for children in Third World countries

MCC student Cassy Landes checks in with Charlotte Griffin, reference librarian, at the International Games Day at the Meijer Library.She also brought a donation of several food items for the Kids’ Food Basket Program. - Photo by Grace Dowling
MCC student Cassy Landes checks in with Charlotte Griffin, reference librarian, at the International Games Day at the Meijer Library.She also brought a donation of several food items for the Kids’ Food Basket Program. – Photo by Grace Dowling

The MCC Christian Club is participating in a program called Operation Christmas Child. In

this ministry, people or churches pack shoeboxes full of age-appropriate small gifts for children

ages 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14. These shoeboxes are prayed over and then shipped out at a cost of $7

each to pastors in Third World countries who host shoebox distributions in places where people

may not know Christ. so they invite recipients to follow Him. Some churches use the boxes as

resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas.

Multiple videos are available online, narrated by former recipients of the shoeboxes, and

in many cases (especially orphans) it changed their lives when they realized that someone cared

enough to think of them.

 

A & H Dept. gathering hats, socks, mittens, scarves for gift bags to homeless center

The Bay Window selected the Make a Holiday Brighter program as its focus and filled one of the collection boxes with a variety of paper goods, cleaning products, and personal care items. Adding items to the box are (from left) Amy Huber, editor; Sue Martens, advisor; and Grace Dowling, graphic designer. - MCC Photo.
The Bay Window selected the Make a Holiday Brighter program as its focus and filled one of the collection boxes with a variety of paper goods, cleaning products, and personal care items. Adding items to the box are (from left) Amy Huber, editor; Sue Martens, advisor; and Grace Dowling, graphic designer. – MCC Photo.

The MCC Arts & Humanities Department is once again sponsoring a hat, sock, mitten,

scarf and glove drive. Items can be hung on the Christmas tree located in the Overbrook Theater

lobby. The items collected will be donated to Rolling Thunder, a local veterans’ organization, for

gift bags for the homeless center. To contribute, place donated item on the holiday tree located

in the Overbrook lobby. Donations will be accepted Nov. 21 through Dec. 6.

This project complements the coat drive by the MCC student veterans’ organization. The

group is collecting new or clean gently used coats, and donation barrels are located by the main

entrance and outside Collegiate Hall.

 

Make a Holiday Brighter group collects food, pesonal care items for MCC single parents

Stephen Kowalski, a student worker in the Arts and Humanities Dept. decorates the tree in the Overbrook Theater lobby with a donated scarf. The items will be donated to Rolling Thunder, a local veterans’ organization. - Photo by Grace Dowling
Stephen Kowalski, a student worker in the Arts and Humanities Dept. decorates the tree in the Overbrook Theater lobby with a donated scarf. The items will be donated to Rolling Thunder, a local veterans’ organization. – Photo by Grace Dowling

The Make a Holiday Brighter Committee has placed donation boxes in the lobby of the

Stevenson Center and the main building to collect items for six single-parent families of MCC

students. Students and faculty were asked to submit names of students with children who faced a

not so bright Christmas. The families total 11 children: nine boys and two girls between the ages

of 18 months and 15 years.

“We are hoping to present the baskets the week of exams which is quickly approaching,”

said Whitlow “If we do get more donations than anticipated, which would be wonderful, we will

be able to pick up a gift for everyone.”

The committee is accepting non-perishable food, hygiene items and paper products, as

well as cash donations. The families range in size from one child to five children between the

ages of 1½ and 14 years. Donation boxes will be available in the lobby of the Stevenson Center

and the main building. Monetary donations may be dropped off in Room 1107.

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