by Kellie Johnson ’22
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Providence College community is taking the opportunity to give back. It is the time of year when we emphasize the importance of giving. For this holiday season, multiple organizations on campus have adopted families and started collecting donations to provide those less fortunate than us with a traditional Christmas experience.
For example, the Friars For _____ club started a fundraiser for the holiday season. The Friars For _____ club is a student-led organization with the intentions of raising awareness for and donating to important causes. This holiday, the club put donation boxes in each of the residence halls on campus where people could drop off gifts for children who would not be receiving gifts on Christmas. These boxes can be found in the building lobbies and are wrapped up in Christmas wrapping paper.
The Friars For ___ club packed up the boxes on Tuesday, November 27, and sent them to Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is an organization that packs up shoeboxes of donations and sends them to over 100 countries around the world in order to bring joy to children on Christmas.
Also this holiday season, Campus Ministry sponsored Giving Trees. Trees are on display in St. Dominic Chapel, Raymond Dining Hall, and the Office of Academic Services. Each of these trees have ornaments with a child’s name and Christmas wish on them. The presents that people bought for the children will be delivered to the students at the San Miguel Middle School and Smith Hill Early Childhood Center. If you missed this opportunity, there are still many ways you can contribute this holiday season.
Each residence hall has also participated in the Adopt-A-Family fundraiser. Each residence hall has chosen two children that they can raise money for.
For example, each resident of McVinney Hall is planning on donating a single dollar to the foundation, which will total out to be $150 going towards Christmas presents for the children. It is incredible to think what a single dollar can do for another person. Resident assistants and hall directors are encouraging students to come together to help change another family’s life.
Along with this program, residence halls are buying appreciation presents for the men and women who help to maintain and clean buildings at PC. Students are encouraged to think of ways to show appreciation to those who do so much for our community.
On campus and within the city of Providence, there are more ways to give back to the community. Every small contribution will make a difference in another family’s life this holiday season. These are real impacts one can make in people’s lives, and the opportunities are available on-campus to all of the PC community.