Christmas will come early for children from 11 Erie County community agencies, who have been invited to participate in Mercyhurst College’s annual Christmas on Campus celebration Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union. The event is by invitation only and is not open to the general public.
Organized by a committee of student volunteers headed by Amy Todd and the Office of the Student Union and Student Activities, with financial support from Mercyhurst Student Government, the event is geared toward children ages 4 to 10, who are treated to arts and crafts, a sing-a-long, pictures with Santa, sandwiches, cookies and milk, not to mention a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Every child who attends will be paired with a Mercyhurst College “buddy” and receive a special gift.
In keeping with tradition, Recognized Student Club/Organizations (RSCOs), resident assistants, and athletic teams participate by sponsoring an activity the day of the event. Students also volunteer to be a buddy for the day while Mercyhurst staff, faculty and administrators contribute to the event by donating a gift for a child.
“This event is successful because of the generosity and commitment from our campus community,” said Darcey Kemp, director of the Student Union and Student Activities. For more information, contact Kemp at 824-2433.
Meanwhile, at Mercyhurst North East, 100 children will celebrate Christmas on Campus there on Saturday.
The students, all from North East Elementary School, have been invited to participate in a day of crafts, face painting, storytelling, a sing-a-long, Dino Jump, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each child also will receive a gift at the end of the festivities. The gifts were purchased by MNE Student Government from the CVS Pharmacy in North East, which provided them at a discount.
“This program is dedicated to providing something special to deserving children and making their Christmases a little brighter,” said Larry Kozlowski, director of student activities at MNE.
Student government is planning the event, with a number of student organizations and athletic teams sponsoring activities. MNE faculty and staff, along with volunteers from North East High School, also will help with the day’s events.
It’s the cooperation of the MNE community that makes the day possible, added Kozlowski.
“There are so many students and faculty and members of the community who pitch in to make Christmas better for others,” he said. “Everybody has something to contribute to make this day a happy one.”