Christmas music filled the air, student volunteers gathered in the Encore for
the 3rd annual ‘Tis the Season event. In interest of giving and sharing the
holiday spirit with others, the Student Involvement and Employment Office
organized the event for students to help decorate both cards and cookies.
a passive way to get involved in the community. It’s a volunteer experience
where volunteers can decorate cookies and make cards,” said Kirsten Donkle, the
SIEO special events coordinator for the SERVE office.
cookies were made by the Dining Advisory Board and donated to nursing homes in
the community and the Salvation Army’s Hope Center after they were decorated.
The cards will be mailed to sick children around the country.
average, about 50 students normally register to take part of this event. The
message hits home for many of the volunteers.
to brighten the lives of people who don’t really get to have that huge holiday
experience like they use to,” Donkle said.
Kaisler, a freshman dietetics major, initially attended ‘Tis the Season
because she loves participating in holiday traditions, but she realized the
event had much more meaning.
that the holidays are really important to people and if they get a card, then
they can also feel a part of it, even if they’re far away or don’t necessarily
have all of the traditional things with them,” Kaisler said.
Cooke, a musical theatre and health promotion/wellness major, also attended
‘Tis the Season to shake up the holidays a bit this year.
wanted to do something different that I don’t always do. I don’t volunteer as
much as I would like to. I think it would be cool to do something for the kids
and the others receiving the cookies and cards,” Cooke said.
hopes to make an impact on the recipients of the cookies and cards as well.
it lights up their day and gives them a realization that there are people who
love and care about them whether or not we actually know them,” Cooke said.
many of the volunteers, the experience reminded them of home and some of their
own family traditions.
the season for everybody to realize what they are grateful for in life, to be
with family and to have a reason to smile,” Cooke said.