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12-06-2012

Giving Back: A Season of Community Service

This holiday season, in the spirit of giving, the VWC community is participating in service activities that benefit people here in Hampton Roads and around the world. Marlins Ministries in the Chaplain’s Office took part once again in Operation Christmas Child (Nov. 12-19), an initiative orchestrated by Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. Professor Robin Takacs’ class, along with student coordinators Devon Killian ’13 and Kendall Bunting ’14, delivered 44 shoe boxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies for needy children around the world. "It's a way to bless children in places where they’re probably not going to get a gift because the poverty is just too extreme," said Chaplain Greg West. Community Services intern, Kefentse Budd and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority participated in National Family Service Day on Nov. 17. Sponsored by Volunteer Hampton Roads, the food boxing event helps to feed the hungry in our community. More than 1,000 community members participated in the event, held in the CMAC. On Dec. 2, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity held a pancake breakfast in conjunction with the Five Points Community Farm Market in Norfolk to help raise money for the Serious Fun Children’s Network, a network of camps for kids with mental and physical illnesses and disabilities. From Jan. 6-13, the College will once again host its On-Campus Winter Homeless Shelter, in partnership with Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless. Campus volunteers will help prepare and serve meals, socialize, provide overnight security, and learn firsthand about the root causes of homelessness. For more information about College community service initiatives, contact Diane Hotaling at 757.455.3216 or email hotaling@vwc.edu. More

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