Help spread holiday cheer this year by participating in Holiday Helper.

Offered through Leadership and Service, Holiday Helper is a special program that gives Illinois State students the opportunity to help over 200 underprivileged children in the Bloomington-Normal community. Groups or individuals can volunteer to “adopt” a child and purchase gifts (valued around $40) from a “wish list” provided by the child that indicates their needs and/or wants.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with wrapping and distributing presents as well as playing games with children at holiday parties.

“Adoptions” and registration to volunteer begin November 1. For more information, contact Leadership and Service at (309) 438-7346 or visit