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Valley Community Shares the Giving Spirit
12.21.12 |
With the holidays right around the corner, the students and faculty at LVC are in full swing with the giving spirit. From giving trees to food drives, the members of the LVC community are committed to spreading the holiday cheer to those less fortunate this season.

One of the efforts that has been successful year after year is the Giving Tree. For the past several years, LVC has set up a tree decorated with tags that provide gift ideas for local families and non-profit organizations that are in need. This year, the program has partnered with the Annville American Auxiliary to provide gifts to children within the Annville-Cleona school district, the Lebanon Valley Home to provide gifts to elder care residents, and the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

“I feel this is a great opportunity to give to others and help out in the community,” said Deb Bishop, administrative assistant for student activities and multicultural affairs and coordinator of the tree. “It is wonderful to be a part of something that helps make someone’s holiday a little brighter.”

LVC’s Dance Team has also been doing its part to brighten up others’ holidays by working with the Make a Wish Foundation. “We chose to work with this foundation because we, as a team, hope that every child has a chance to chase his or her dreams just like we all, as little girls, have dreamed of pursuing dance,” explained Ashley Cressman, member of the dance team.

After performing a holiday Christmas kick line routine at home men and women’s basketball games, members of the dance team have asked fans for monetary donations in order to support the Make a Wish Foundation. In years past, the team had the opportunity to make a little girl’s wish come true by allowing her to partake in dance practices and the Christmas performance.

The Dance Team is not the only active group on campus during the month of December. Phi Sigma Iota, the Foreign Language Honor Society, has organized a food drive to benefit the Agape Family Shelter, a transitional place for homeless women and their children. The society has been collecting non-perishable food as well as household and personal care items in order to cover the women’s basic needs in addition to becoming part of the supporting process.

“I believe it is very valuable for these women to have the opportunity to get their lives back on track,” mentioned Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish and Phi Sigma Iota’s advisor. “I believe that by doing this activity, the concept of giving will be more meaningful.”

By reaching out to give this holiday season, LVC has involved the entire community in its purposes. In the last 19 years, Lebanon Valley College has raised more than $45,000 for Operation Santa through an offering that is collected from Christmas at the Valley audiences. This year, Christmas at the Valley raised $3,277.06, the most money that has been collected in a single year. The money that is collected is given to the Lebanon Rescue Mission, which provides food, clothing, and toys for Lebanon County families in need.

“I’m passionate about Operation Santa Claus because of the local impact of the giving,” LVC Chaplain Paul Fullmer noted. “I find it very meaningful to be a part of the solution for these people and others as well.”

These fundraisers and service projects are just a few of the ways LVC has chosen to help others during the holiday months. Through its efforts, LVC has given back to the community while spreading some seasonal merriment to those who need it most.

In addition to supporting community efforts, the LVC family comes together to provide new opportunities for students by contributing to the Valley Fund and funding major gifts for scholarships, special programs, building projects, and more. It's not too late to make a difference for a current student this year. Here are some important reminders:

- Credit card gifts made by mail must be received by the Advancement Office by Friday, December 28 at noon to allow time for processing before the end of the year.
- Credit card gifts called in by phone can be made up until Friday, December 21 or on Friday, December 28 until noon.
- Credit card gifts mailed or phoned in after December 28 will be credited in the 2013 calendar year.
- Gifts of stock and securities must be transferred to LVC’s brokerage account on or before December 31 to be credited in the 2012 calendar year.
- All other gifts to LVC must be dated 2012 and received at the Advancement Office no later than Monday, January 7 to be counted in the 2012 calendar year.

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