The John and Annie Glenn (JAG) Public Service Fellows once again helped bring Christmas to local families during the 32nd Christmas on Campus gift drive. During the annual program, JAG Fellows purchased and delivered gifts to adopted 16 children they “adopted” for the season from 6 families in a local Head start program.
Typically, campus members and organizations sign up for a child before Thanksgiving break and turn in presents when they return for the final week of classes. This year (due to, you know, 2020) the JAG Fellows collected $600 and shopped on behalf of students and organizations that were unable to purchase and deliver their own gifts.
Student program managers included Maysen Moorehead – who also led this effort last year – and Hannah Riggle who will lead the program next year. Muskie Ethan Ford also volunteered his Christmas vacation time to help organize, pack and deliver presents to head start. The community wide effort included gifts and donations from The American Chemical Society’s Muskingum University Chapter, Student Senate, Circle K International, the Muskie softball team, Delta Gamma Theta, Phi Psi, Theta Phi and many generous individuals.
“With everything going on this year these families needed more support than ever, which is why we felt it was so important to continue this tradition,” said Chaplain Julia Wright. “Even in extremely challenging times our campus community never fails to answer the bell for those in need and generously spread the holiday spirit. It makes me so proud to be part of the Muskingum Family.”
Keep an eye out next November to be part of the 33rd year of this fantastic Muskingum tradition. Happy Holidays!