Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by jbrezinsky14. December 2012 13:43


     At Moraine Park Technical College, students have been busy finishing up final projects, cramming for end-of-the semester exams, and registering for spring classes. Despite their active schedules, many student clubs and organizations are finding time to make spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses have been decking the halls with boxes to collect food, toys, and clothing for various community organizations.          
     In Fond du Lac, the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) club helped St. Paul’s church with over 900 families who preregistered to receive food for the Thanksgiving holiday. They assisted with registration, handed out turkeys, and helped carry food to people’s cars. The Student Veteran’s Association (SVA) is running a Christmas in a Shoebox campaign by packaging and mailing donated items to deployed troops. Moraine Park’s Cosmetology, Corrections, Radiography and Clinical Lab Technician clubs are all adopting families through the Salvation Army, or collecting nonperishable food items for donation to a local food pantry. Staff and units of the College are donating items to support Elijah’s Mantle/Ebony Vision. This local organization supports at-risk minority youth, ages 6-18 in the Fond du Lac area that are in need of clothing and shoes this holiday season. 
     The West Bend Student Senate is holding a toy drive this holiday season to provide for local youth and the ARTS club adopted a local family in need. The Beaver Dam Student Senate held a silent auction to benefit the Dodge County Humane Society and Clothes for Kids. Students on the Beaver Dam campus volunteered for more than 12 hours at Green Valley, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities in Dodge County. The Multicultural Club is sponsoring a toy drive, and the Electrical Power Distribution Club is ringing bells for the Salvation Army.
     On all three Moraine Park campuses, the IT club is holding a hat and mitten drive and Phi Theta Kappa honor society is sponsoring a family on each campus by holding a food and gift drive.
     If you are interested in donating items or would like more details on Moraine Park holiday service projects, visit