by: Gretchen Neal/Campus & Features Editor
As the holidays approach once again, local shops and businesses are setting out donation boxes and asking customers to contribute a dollar or so to charity organizations or other causes, in hopes of catching people in the “holiday spirit,” willing to give. This year, Lake Land College is doing its part in helping families in need by providing a space for One Stop Community Christmas. This project is sponsored by several giving organizations to help families that would like to celebrate Christmas, but cannot afford to. This project will be providing gifts and food to families in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Shelby and Douglas Counties.
Lake Land will be participating in the project by collecting pajamas for One Stop Community Christmas, and providing the West building for an event in which families can pick up pajamas for Christmas. Pajamas can be turned into the donation boxes in the Student Life Office, the West building, the Library, and the Fieldhouse. Pajamas must be new and unused, and they can be for children anywhere from 10-18 years in age. Monetary donations are also accepted and should be turned in to the Foundation Office. Checks should be made payable to Lake Land College Foundation. The college has set a goal of donating 750 pairs of pajamas, so any help by the students, clubs and community will be immensely helpful and very appreciated. The deadline for these donations is Dec 3, 2013.
The One Stop Community Christmas is also looking for volunteers. Those interested in volunteering at the pick-up event in the West building can fill out a volunteer form online. Volunteer forms are due by Dec. 6. The pick-up event will take place on Dec. 14. All volunteers will need some sort of picture identification on the day of the event.
Those interested in donating other objects for One Stop Community Christmas can find donation boxes at local businesses. The group is in need of toys (for ages 10-18), food, household items, cleaning supplies, socks and underwear, blankets and sleeping bags, stocking stuffers, hats, scarves, gloves, books, coloring books and crayons. All clothing items must be new and unused. Questions regarding drop locations can be answered at the One Stop Hotline at (217)-276-GIVE (4483).
Those in need of assistance this holiday, do not hesitate to call (217)-234-3915 for additional information.
This is a perfect opportunity to volunteer or donate to the less fortunate this holiday season. Please consider contributing to this cause and aiding others, and remember: every little bit helps.