Mercyhurst College is pleased to host its 11th annual Christmas on Campus event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.
With the holidays just around the corner, campus organizations have already begun gathering donations to insure nearly 100 inner-city children will enjoy every minute of their afternoon of holiday fun.
Every winter, with the help of nearly every organization on campus, the Mercyhurst business department gears up to offer dozens of children activities that range from Christmas crafts and games to pictures with Santa, along with dancing and singing – plus a gift from Santa for every child, donated by members of the Mercyhurst community.
The children will each be “buddied up” with a Mercyhurst College student and then given the opportunity to make holiday gifts for their families, draw Christmas cards for friends and get a photo taken with Santa Claus.
The entire group will end their day with the story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” read by English professor Barry McAndrew while the children snack on Christmas cookies and milk.
Organized each year by the business department, Christmas on Campus provides an afternoon of holiday entertainment for 4- to 8-year-olds who have been picked by a variety of Erie area community service groups.
The event is in its 11th year after being started by accounting major Carrie Boros Pinnow '91, who witnessed a similar program at another college.