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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, November 17, 2011

Help Children Through Giving

Help Children Through Giving

‘Tis the season of giving, and there are many in need. Here are a few opportunities around campus to unleash your giving spirit!

Angel Tree

Be an angel to a child seeking refuge from family violence this holiday season. The Angel Tree Project’s annual gift drive kicked off Nov. 14.

The Brookhaven College Police Department and Office of Student Life have teamed with The Family Place this year to offer children at the family shelter a small reason to smile.

The Angel Tree, located in the Student Services Center Lobby, is decorated with ornaments containing a name and wish list for each child in need of a sponsor. Simply choose a name from the tree, then bring the gifts to the Office of Student Life, Bldg. S, Room S201, or the Brookhaven College Police Department, Bldg. B, Room B200 by Dec. 16.

Most requests include toys, hats, gloves or shoes, according to Vikki Ethington, college police officer and Angel Tree volunteer.

The Family Place provides intervention, emergency shelter and crisis counseling for thousands of victims of family violence in the Dallas area each year.

Coats for Kids

It was one of the hottest summers ever recorded in the state, but that doesn’t mean that winter won’t bring ice, snow or freezing temperatures. When rain turns to ice and ice turns to snow, a warm winter coat becomes a necessity for anyone brave enough to walk out their front door.

Operation Coats for Kids, spearheaded by Nita Drescher, communications professor, and Teri Edrich, human resources director, seeks to provide new winter coats for the 152 children in the Head Start Center – a goal that could be accomplished with a mere $3 donation by each college employee, Nita has said.

Cash and check donations, large or small, will be accepted through Dec. 1 and can be taken to the Human Resources Office in Bldg. A, Room A224. Nita has also volunteered to personally pick up donations from those who have a donation. You can reach her at Ext. 4773.

Please make checks payable to Brookhaven College.