Although finals week may be taking up all of the time and efforts of many Yuba College Students, winter break is approaching bringing the opportunity to think of others. As a representative of the Salvation Army National Headquarters said “The ‘miracle’ of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing.”
Yuba College Students could feel this joy by looking for ways to help out the less fortunate and under privileged of the local community. The upcoming holiday season is the time when many of are feeling the pleasure of giving and receiving costly gifts and throwing huge parties and events. However, for many of the down trodden in the Yuba- Sutter Community it is a time reminders of how little they have are everywhere. This holiday season Yuba College students, have an opportunity to help fellow members of the community by donating of their time, efforts, or resources to help provide for someone else.
Many of the local businesses and charitable organizations have set up ways to donate of the means that Yuba College Students may have. These groups have set up food and toy drives to provide for the children and families in the Yuba- Sutter area, and allow for a chance to give without requiring a donation of an extended amount of time.
One place that Yuba College Students can go to do this is at the Yuba City Mall were donations of toys, teddy bears and stuffed animals are being taken to be given as Christmas gifts for local children in need. The Yuba City store, Toys R Us, is also backing two events in which students can go help the community. The first is an “Angel Tree” hosted by the store and sponsored by a local church. This special Christmas tree holds the names of children for whom gifts can be bought to help brighten the holiday season. The second program is the “Miracle for Life” event in which cash donations are being taken and will be donated to the Yuba City Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs. These organizations will divide the money up between the needy children of its membership who will then be able to buy presents for their parents, and feel the joy of giving.
Other organizations do not need the financial support of Yuba College Students but certainly do call for the donation of time. One of these organizations, The Salvation Army, has many opportunities for college-aged students to volunteer at this time of year. The organization sponsors the highly recognized “bell ringers”. These volunteers stand by one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles asking the public for donations.
As the organization’s leaders have said “the traditional red kettle is and integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.” The Yuba Sutter Chapter of The Salvation Army also needs college-aged volunteers to work in their warehouse positions to sort through toys and gifts that have been gathered for children in need. These volunteers may also be asked to wrap and place the toys in gift baskets. To get involved with these projects Yuba
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By participating and supporting theses charitable and well meaning organizations Yuba College students can help the poverty stricken of the community and feel the joy of sharing.