Season of Caring brightens holidays for needy

Posted November 08, 2011

Students, faculty and staff will deliver holiday cheer to needy families during Abilene Christian University's second annual Season of Caring.

The effort to help Abilene's less fortunate will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14, with multiple opportunities to give or volunteer.

ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert and Mark Hewitt, executive director of Abilene's Love & Care Ministries, will kick off the project during Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The university is partnering with Love & Care Ministries for several of the events.

Mission Thanksgiving – Nov. 14-17
In partnership with Love & Care Ministries, a donated truck will be parked in the Williams Performing Arts Center parking lot (corner of Judge Ely Boulevard and East North 16th) from noon to 6 p.m. each day to accept non-perishable food donations, gently used clothing and household goods. Donations may also be dropped off in ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center. All donations will then be delivered to Mission Thanksgiving at Arrow Ford on Friday, Nov. 18.

Thanksgiving Meals – Nov. 14-21
Cash donations will provide food boxes for low-income families. Each box will include everything for a Thanksgiving dinner, along with extra kitchen staples. A gift of $45 provides for an entire family, but any donation amount will be welcomed at the Campus Center or online. Deliveries will be made by students on Monday, Nov. 21.

Adopt-an-Angel – Nov. 14-Dec. 1
Visit the Campus Center, learn about a child who could use your help, then purchase gifts and bring them back to the Campus Center by Dec. 1. The clothes and toys will be given to children in one of ACU's mentoring programs.

Christmas on the Streets – Nov. 14-Dec. 2
Donate toys for low-income families in Abilene. Unwrapped items may be dropped off inside the Campus Center by Dec. 2. Volunteers will sort and wrap the gifts Nov. 28-Dec. 2, and they will be distributed through Love & Care Ministries Dec. 12-14.

Family Portrait Event – Dec. 3
In partnership with several neighborhoods and community organizations, photographers will volunteer their time to take professional portraits of families from 1-5 p.m. at Woodson Center for Excellence. Families will be provided with prints and digital images of their photos in time for the holidays.

ACU's first Season of Caring last year surpassed all its initial goals. "We were thrilled with the outpouring," said Nancy Coburn, director of service learning and volunteer resources in ACU's Center for Christian Service and Leadership. "We hope to help even more families this year. 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." 

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