Faculty and students at Gadsden State Community College have worked to make the holiday season a little brighter for the less fortunate in our community.
The Christmas Showcase, which is held every November in conjunction with the Miss Gadsden State Community College Pageant, was the biggest fundraiser coordinated by the College. More than $3,100 was raised during the sixteenth annual event and silent auction with all proceeds being donated to the Salvation Army.
Each year in conjunction with various charitable drives, Deb Reynolds, electrical technology instructor, coordinates a coat drive. To date, 205 coats have been donated and given to the Etowah Baptist Mission Center. The drive will continue through January, and this collection will be delivered to The Way of the Cross Ministry. Reynolds said that she is continually amazed by the outpouring of support from and generosity of the Gadsden State family.
Some student clubs actively participated in several community projects. Phi Theta Kappa, a student honor society, collected small toys, outerwear, school supplies, bibles, games and toiletries for children (infants-age 16) during their annual Christmas stocking stuffer event. The stockings were donated to the Salvation Army. The Student Nursing Association provided gifts and sponsored a party for the long-term residents at Mountain View Hospital. Circle K hosted the Etowah County Special Education Christmas party for disabled citizens and assisted with the Gadsden Christmas Parade. Baptist Campus Ministries held a food drive throughout November and sponsored a Christmas party for underprivileged children.
Students attending Gadsden State through the Community College Initiative helped the Father’s Heart Ministry in Attalla and the Etowah Baptist Mission Center by donating and distributing food items and filling Christmas stockings. In addition, they assisted the Southside Baptist Church with their Christmas Shoebox Ministry. The students have been participating in this project throughout the fall semester and each student has given more than 40 hours of community service.
The faculty and staff of Gadsden State helped wrap gifts to raise money for the Family Success Center, and sponsored three military families who had a total of ten children in the families. The children received clothes and toys.
The faculty and staff of Gadsden State Cherokee donated toys and clothing for a family with three children through the Nettie King Brown Foundation in Centre. During the annual Girl’s Night Out event held during fall semester $3,200 was raised for scholarships to Gadsden State Cherokee.
Gadsden State Interim President William Blow remarked, “We are glad to be a positive part of our communities throughout the year. It is even more special during the holidays to reach out to those in need and their families. I am proud of the consistent support our Gadsden State family has shown and pleased that we can make the holidays brighter for many.”