WHEELING - It's better to give than to receive and for those who learn this lesson well, the gift is returned many times over.
Students and staff at Wheeling Jesuit University donated Christmas gifts to over 60 area children and raised an additional $400 dollars for cash donations.
"Our annual holiday gift giving event through the Service for Social Action Center (SSAC) collected over a hundred new toys and gifts for the children and and several elderly folks in our community. One First Year Experience class even collected over $200 dollars," said Corinne Chamberlin, Service Development & Research Coordinator at the University. "Gifts this year were collected for Laughlin Chapel's after school program, Florence Crittenton, the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center and Faith in Action Caregivers."
"Student groups, residence halls, faculty and administrative departments and councils were invited to participate and interested parties received a wish list from individuals associated with each agency," she explained.
"I'm so proud that, despite the current economic difficulties, the Wheeling Jesuit community pulled together once again to help provide holiday gifts to those who needed them," she said.
This is just one of the university's service projects overseen by the SSAC, under the direction of Erin McDonald and the office is one of the busiest places on campus, with students going in and out and participating in the many activities that it sponsors.
The SSAC coordinates the extra-curricular service projects for members of the Wheeling Jesuit campus community. In partnership with campus ministry and the office of student development, the SSAC identifies service projects, tracks participation and provides support with spiritual reflection and skill development for campus clubs and programs including the Arrupe Scholars, the Mother Jones House and the First Year Seminar.
For more information, please call Chamberlin or McDonald at (304) 243-8728.
The youngest of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its "Best Master's Universities in the South" category. The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.
For complete information, please visit www.wju.edu or call 1 (800) 624-6992.