The Chi Iota Sigma club is hosting a Thanksgiving canned food drive, collecting coats, and planning to participate in the Adopt-A-Child Christmas Project this year as a community service opportunity.
The club involves itself with community projects each semester. This fall the students chose to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to the Drew County Food Pantry for Thanksgiving. As of Nov. 19, the last day to contribute, about 480 cans had been collected.
However according to faculty adviser Terri Hopkins, if you did not have an opportunity to help out with the food drive students may participate in the other two projects. The club will collect coats in good condition and give them to an area church, which will clean and distributing them to the community. The last day to donate a coat will be Dec. 1 in the CIS office in Babin Business Center, room 101.
Over the past three years, the club successfully collected both food and coats. Because of this, they decided to take on the challenge of adopting two children from the Drew County Angel Tree program. A 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl made out their wish lists, and the CIS club received the following information about the children:
Woody: shirt size 16-18 boys, pants size 18 boys, shoe size 8 ˝, favorite color: baby blue. His wish list includes clothes, toys, PlayStation2, Smackdown/Raw games and a CD player.
Kelly: shirt size medium, pants size 5, dress size medium, shoe size 6 ˝-7, favorite color: pink or blue. Her wish list includes jewelry, CDs (country), clothes and a CD player.
According to Hopkins, the club already received some monetary donations and hopes to purchase a Playstation2 for Woody and CD player for Kelly. A faculty member and several students donated used Playstation2 games, but more generosity will be greatly appreciated.
“It takes a lot of people to help the families out there that are not fortunate enough to have everything. We are glad to be able to feed families, help clothe children without jackets and adopt children at Christmas,” club member Deana Moffatt said.
Moffat also noted the two children are not asking for much.
“We believe that we can make their dreams come true Christmas Day. It makes the CIS club and all members feel very good to be able to give in this season of giving and not let anyone do without,” Moffatt said.
The children’s donations will also be due Dec. 1 along with the coats. The club plans to wrap all of the gifts during their annual Christmas party Dec. 2.
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