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Ring in the holidays by making a difference

Students volunteer at Holiday Helper.

Make a child’s wish come true and spread cheer this holiday season!

Holiday Helper gives Illinois State students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to provide gifts and parties for over 200 under-privileged children in the Bloomington-Normal community. Participation is available in the following ways:

Gift Sponsorship: Volunteers can choose one or multiple children from one of our four partner local agencies and purchase gifts based on that child’s top three wants and needs (valuing approximately $40). Come to the Leadership and Community Connections office to sponsor a child today.

Parties: Holiday Helper parties will be December 5 for children in the community and to distribute the gifts collected through Holiday Helper. Student volunteers are needed to help with activities for the children.

Wrap and Pack: Volunteer to help wrap the gifts donated through Holiday Helper. Wrapping takes place December 2 and 3 from 6–9 p.m. in Prairie Room North of the Bone Student Center. Supplies will be provided.

“This event is a great way for students to make a difference in the lives of many under-privileged youth in our local community,” said Colton Johnson, a graduate assistant in Leadership and Community Connections.

For more information about Holiday Helper, contact Leadership and Community Connections at (309) 438-7346 or visit its office on the second floor of the Bone Student Center.

Megan Snodsmith was a contributor to this article.