GSCC works to brighten holidays

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Faculty, staff, and students at Gadsden State Community College have worked to brighten the holiday season for many in the community through various charitable efforts.  The Christmas Charity Showcase, which is held every November in conjunction with the Miss Gadsden State Community College Pageant, was the biggest fundraiser coordinated by the College.  More than $5,000 was raised during the twentieth annual event and silent auction with all proceeds being donated to the Salvation Army.  Since the program began in 1994, more than $78,500 has been donated to charitable organizations.

The electrical technology department held a coat drive collecting more than 200 coats that were donated to area shelters and mission centers.  The drive will continue through January 15, 2015.  The annual drive began in 2005 and this year’s donations make a total of 2,320 coats donated since the project began. 

The faculty and staff of Gadsden State Cherokee provided gift baskets for several elderly individuals receiving services through the Cherokee County Department of Human Resources. The Student Government Association and the Science, Math, and Engineering Club at Gadsden State Cherokee donated food to a local food bank and addressed over 200 Christmas cards to be distributed to local nursing homes.         

Several student clubs actively participated in a variety of community projects.  The Circle K Club hosted a Christmas party for the mentally and physically challenged providing dinner, games, and gifts for the attendees.  Club members also assisted in coordinating the Gadsden Christmas Parade. 

Phi Theta Kappa helped with the Etowah Baptist Thanksgiving, Samaritan’s Purse, and stockings for the Salvation Army. Baptist Campus Ministries conducted a canned food drive to assist a local food pantry. The Radiologic Technology student organization, Rho Theta Sigma, assisted United Cerebral Palsy with supplies and toys and helped to sponsor parties for the mentally and physically handicapped.  The students also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club.

The Student Nurses Association provided caroling for residents of Gadsden Health & Rehab and a party for the adolescent residential program at Mountain View Hospital.  Student Government Association members volunteered as Salvation Army bell ringers and helped with Christmas parades in Oxford, Centre, and Gadsden. They also assisted with decorating for various college events.

The Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center and the Gadsden Public Library sponsored free holiday movies for the community collecting donations of non-perishable food items and new toys for local charities.  

Employees at Gadsden State also participated in many area civic projects helping the less fortunate during the holidays including a college-wide sponsorship to assist the Boys and Girls Clubs and volunteering as gift wrappers to assist the Family Success Center.

The Gadsden State family is proud to help those in need during the holidays and throughout the year.  The students, faculty and staff are very committed to being a vital part of the communities they serve.

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