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
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
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
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 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
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.