By: Graham O’Dwyer
‘Tis the season of giving here at Sacred Heart, and many students and organizations are getting into the holiday spirit.
Working alongside the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chi Omega hosted their annual Holiday Boutique Bazaar in the Edgerton Atrium on Nov. 30. The Boutique Bazaar is a place where students can buy gifts for the holidays and shop around while supporting Chi Omega’s philanthropy.
“Each week at our chapter meetings we remind our sisters that it is the time to give back and put a smile on someone else’s face,” said junior and Chi Omega member Lauren Petrozzi.
Because Chi Omega has teamed up with Make-A-Wish, 20-25 percent of the total proceeds from the event will go to the foundation. Chi Omega is also having participants write letters to Santa which will be delivered to Macy’s, and for every letter, $2 will be donated by the store to Make-A-Wish.
The Sacred Heart office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning (VPSL) has also been busier with the upcoming holidays. Last week, they completed their annual canned food drive in support of St. Charles Parish in Bridgeport. VPSL works in cooperation with Student Government’s Turkey Drive to provide Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of families in neighboring communities.
“The VPSL office also coordinates the ‘Adopt-a-Family’ drive to collect gifts and food for Bridgeport families through St. Charles Parish and Golden Hill Methodist Church, which are two of our community partners. Academic departments, clubs and organizations across campus contribute to help us give gifts to 75 families,” said Anne Wendel, Assistant Director of VPSL.
One group on campus providing significant contributions to VPSL’s Adopt-a-Family drive is the Sacred Heart Choir. The Choir adopts a family every year through VPSL and also gets Sacred Heart into the Christmas spirit with their two upcoming, festive events.
“First is this weekend at Lessons and Carols where we perform as part of the service. We also are performing a Christmas concert about Christmas around the world, celebrating the different cultures and ways Christmas is celebrated,” said Sarah Riccio, President of Sacred Heart Choirs.
Campus Ministry is another organization that is active in the community during the holiday season. As an organization that focuses on giving back, Campus Ministry is collecting care packages for veterans along with organizing their annual Advent Giving Tree. Located in the chapel, the Advent Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments listing donations that are asked for by the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.
“All donations can be returned to Campus Ministry, or underneath the tree, before Christmas Break,” said Campus Minister Devon McCormick.