Davidson County Community College Organizations Sponsor Projects to Make Holidays Brighter for Children

Nov. 14, 2013 – Two Davidson County Community College organizations are leading campus efforts to make the holidays brighter for less fortunate children in the community. The DCCC Alumni Association is again participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program, and the Davidson Community College Association of Nursing Students (DCCANS) is collecting gifts for needs-challenged students of Liberty Drive Elementary School in Thomasville.
 
DCCC serves as one of the drop-off sites for the “Toys for Tots” initiative. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to donate new, unwrapped toys that may be placed in collection boxes located in several campus buildings until Dec. 10. Campus organizations assisting the alumni this year are the Alpha Omega Club, Automotive Technology Club, Computer Systems Technology Association, Future Paramedics of America, Teacher Education Club and Veteran’s Club.
 
“The Alumni Association is pleased to sponsor this worthwhile cause for the second year,” says Michael McGee, association president. “Last year, we collected 250 toys that helped kids and families in our community who needed assistance during the holiday season. We have a very giving campus community and I’m sure, with the help of these student groups, we’ll make the holidays happier for these children again this year.”
 
The initiative will end at the Alumni Association General Meeting on Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. Attendees may bring toys to the meeting. A member of the U.S. Marine Reserve will be present to accept the toy delivery.
 
The college’s Association of Nursing Students will also provide gifts for 36 children at Liberty Drive Elementary School who have been identified as needing assistance in order to have a happy holiday. DCCANS is seeking a sponsor or group to sponsor each child. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 11.
 
“We strive to participate in community service projects throughout the year, and the holidays seemed like the perfect time to assist,” says DCCANS member and project coordinator Michaela Catlett. “We try to get groups of students together and have each group ‘adopt’ a child and provide gifts.”
 
DCCANS has received forms from each sponsored child that provide information on sizes, favorite colors for clothing items they need and a “wish list” of non-essentials they would like to receive. These are shared with individuals or groups who have agreed to “adopt” a child for shopping purposes. The student nursing association will also accept toys, clothing and monetary contributions to help with the project. The funds will be dispersed evenly among the groups to allow each sponsored child to have as many items as possible from their wish lists.
 
A party is planned for the children on Dec. 17 at Liberty Elementary Drive School. Following snacks, games, crafts and a visit from Santa, each child will be sent home with their bag of wrapped gifts to open on Christmas morning.
 
“As much as we would like to see the children open their presents, we’re doing this project because otherwise some literally would have nothing on Christmas morning,” Catlett says. “By allowing the children to take the gifts home, their parents will be able to share the excitement of unwrapping them as part of their family holiday celebration. We just tell the children that Santa brought their gifts early.”
 
If you are an individual or a member of a group who is interested in assisting DCCANS in “adopting” a child, please contact Michaela Catlett at mcatlett1590@davidsonccc.edu or call 336-451-7756.
 
*Editor’s Note: Pictured is Michael McGee, DCCC Alumni Association president, next to one of several donation boxes that are located on the DCCC campus. Donation boxes can be found inside the B.E. Mendenhall, Jr. Building, J. Bryan Brooks Student Center, Grady Edward Love Learning Resource Center and other buildings located throughout campus.
 
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.