Season of Caring brightens holidays for those in needPosted November 22, 2010
Abilene Christian University’s first-ever Season of Caring is off to a running start, surpassing all its initial goals to help Abilene’s needy families over the holidays.
On Thursday, Thanksgiving meals will be provided to 54 low-income families whose children attend Taylor Elementary School. A 23-foot truck loaded with clothes, bedding, food, toys and household goods was delivered to Love and Care Ministries’ Mission Thanksgiving last Friday. More than $3,000 in cash has been donated, and more than 100 students, faculty and staff volunteered their time during the first week of the month-long initiative.
“We’ve been thrilled with the outpouring of donations and cash gifts. Beyond that, we’re experiencing campus-wide involvement like we’ve never had,” says Nancy Coburn, director of service-learning and volunteer resources in ACU's Center for Service and Leadership. “Many of us have been given so much, and this is a great way to give something to our neighbors who are in the grips of economic hard times. The giving blesses them and us."
Abilene Christian is partnering with Abilene’s Love and Care Ministries for several of the Season of Caring events.
“ACU’s participation in Mission: Thanksgiving this year has really made a difference, and we look forward to working with everyone on campus next year as well,” says Mark Hewitt, founder and director of Love and Care Ministries. “What ACU is doing helps us help others, and that’s what the season is all about.”
Season of Caring continues through Dec. 15, as volunteers begin to collect 500 toys and bikes for Christmas on the Street and Adopt-An-Angel projects. Donations can be dropped off at the ACU McGlothlin Campus Center information desk.
Student volunteers will wrap and deliver Christmas gifts and offer prayers for the local community, starting Nov. 29.