Today is Giving Tuesday, a day charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. In our world of faster and better, we can sometimes forget to slow down, be thankful for what we have, and share with those less fortunate.
I am pleased to be part of such a generous community at Terra State. Our students, faculty, and staff give back in so many ways throughout the year and the holiday season is just one small example of their thoughtfulness.
The Medical Assisting Student Organization set up a tree in the lobby of their building as part of the Warm Hearts, Warm Hands project. The tree is full of new gloves, scarves, and hats for anyone in need of these items. The idea came from Kim Johnson after she saw a story about people in New York City tying scarves around trees for anyone who needed one. Her students jumped at the chance to help others and used part of the earnings from their raffle to purchase the items for the tree. They replenish the items daily and the tree will be up for another week. Their thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated and truly warms the hearts of those they are helping.
The Terra Staff Union is participating in the Sandusky County Community Christmas Project through United Way for a second year. The union members generously donated to a family of four last year and have just received information about their new family. This project allows businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals to sponsor families to help make everyone’s holiday brighter. Kim Maxwell, union president, let me know the staff union is excited to be involved again and that last year many current and retired members graciously donated items from toys to cleaning supplies to their family. The executive offices also participate in this wonderful project and are looking forward to helping a local family again. Last year, this project had 133 businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals donate and assisted 3,162 Sandusky County residents.
Another student group, Phi Theta Kappa, is collecting items for their annual Angel Tree. The items are donated to the Liberty Center in Fremont, which provides temporary shelter in a family living environment and opportunities for personal and family development, guiding residents toward self-sufficiency and independent living. Terra faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take a card from the tree that represents a wish from a local child who might not otherwise receive a gift. PTK has been collecting and donating items since 2011.
If you are looking for a chance to give, there are still plenty of ways to get involved this year. Along with all the wonderful aforementioned groups, Terra staff and faculty can participate in a silent auction at the Holiday potluck next week. All the funds raised will go to the Students Helping Students scholarship fund, a chance to thank Terra students who take the time to help others. The Terra College Foundation offers many scholarships to deserving students making it possible for them further their education and improve their lives.
The Terra College Foundation is participating in this day of giving for the first time in hopes of raising money for the student scholarship fund. To see more about the foundation and how to give click here. Donations help fund Terra students like Kayla Thompson, featured in the video in the link above. She is a wonderful young lady and was gracious to share her story to help spread the word about the impact scholarships have on our students. To read Kayla’s story, click here.