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Dec. 16, 2009

Birmingham-Southern actively involved in holiday giving

BIRMINGHAM, Ala –Birmingham Southern College students, staff and faculty generously gave bicycles, dolls, books, money and new clothing items to neighbors during this holiday season.

Students, working through BSC's Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, provided 50 new pairs of socks for residents at nearby Oak Knoll Skilled Nursing Facility.

Student organizations like Psi Chi, a psychology club, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee coordinated efforts through the Bunting Center and BSC community partner Urban Ministry to ensure that 12 neighborhood children would have presents on Christmas morning.

Phebe Booker with Urban Ministry said that the need for donations is especially great this year. The sour economy and high jobless rate means more families are looking for assistance.

“If it were not for (BSC) sponsors, these children would have had to do without things that they wanted and some even needed this holiday season,” she said.

Students also donated unused meal card money in the sum of $1,400 that will go directly to stocking the First Light Women's Shelter and Urban Ministry food pantry.

For the 14th year, a BSC food drive coordinated by two buildings on campus for the Woodlawn Food Bank resulted in 25 bags or almost 278 pounds of food donated by faculty and staff.

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