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ISSUE 116 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/6/2002

Sharing the Spirit

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer


Friday, December 6, 2002

Looking to make donations or volunteer in the spirit of this holiday season? The Community Action Center (CAC) in Northfield offers several opportunities to donate and volunteer. United Christmas Sharing annually distributes holiday gifts for children in the Northfield area. Volunteers may help by working at the distribution center  helping set-up, sorting gifts or assisting with gift distribution. For those with an interest in sewing, sewers are needed year round to make pajamas. Each volunteer may pick up ready-to-sew kits at Jacobsen's Dept. store in the fabric department. They also need volunteers to help cut material for the kits. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off in designated donation boxes at local churches and stores throughout Northfield, from mid November to mid-December. Possible gift ideas to donate to children include: a main gift (valued up to $30) such as action toys, art/hobby kits, age-appropriate learning toys, dolls, gifts for teens, small stocking stuffers, sleepwear, gloves or mittens, and books. Each family receives a quilt, sled and a Christmas tree certificate. On campus, the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO) organizes and participates in service projects year round, including several through the CAC. Mary Cook, the service chair of APO, commented about United Christmas Sharing. "It's really an amazing program. It allows families who couldn't otherwise afford it to have a Christmas filled with presents they can put under their trees, kind of like playing Santa." CAC’s Food Shelf and Clothes Closet also needs volunteers. The Food Shelf volunteers help distribute food, keep shelves stocked and do general light cleaning. This program allows CAC-certified clients to receive, once a month, a seven-day supply of food, distributed according to family size. The Clothes Closet, a retail thrift store, sells donated clothing, shoes, linens and small houseware items to the public. Free and discounted clothing are available to income-eligible residents. Donations are always needed, and volunteers to help sort, price, and merchandise them. Susan Prange '04, a member of APO said, "I think volunteering at the clothes closet is an excellent way to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate than others. It is a humbling experience that makes you truly appreciate what you have in life." If you are looking to make a difference in someone else's Holiday season, consider volunteering. United Christmas Sharing, the Food Shelf and the Clothes Closet are just a few available options. Keep your eyes open for other signs posted on campus and organizations offering volunteer opportunities as well. For more information, or to help with United Christmas Sharing, call Karen Anderson at 663-0475. For more information on the Food Shelf program contact the CAC program director at 664-3558. Call the CAC Clothes Closet manager at 664-3580 to volunteer or to obtain more information about this service. Information about any of the CAC programs may also be found on their website: www.northfieldcac.org.





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