Christmas Giving at Augustana
Friday, December 18, 2009
SIOUX FALLS – Students are headed home for the holidays as the 2009 fall semester comes to an end at Augustana College.
But prior to the campus shutting down, and while they were preparing for final exams, students and staff took the time to make sure those less fortunate would experience some joy this Christmas.
Adopting a Family in Need
Many years ago, students of the Augustana Choir began a tradition of adopting a family of refugees at Christmas. Many families have benefitted from the students’ generosity and in 2006 the Choir was recognized with the Friend of Refugees Award from the Refugee and Immigration Center of Lutheran Social Services.
In 2008, students of the Augustana Band joined the effort and this year the combined ensembles adopted a family of 13 ranging in age from 52 years to two months. The family will receive more than $1,300 in gifts and household goods. In addition, the Refugee and Immigration Center received $525 in food gift cards to be distributed to other families in need.
"Semester Shutdown" Projects
Before the “Semester Shutdown,” students and staff took part in the annual “Giving Trees” project. As a result, between 800-1,000 gifts were donated. And one of the College’s theme houses made blessing pins for a backpack program.
Fleece Blanket Project
The New Student Seminar fleece blanket project produced some 50 blankets to be used by the Sioux Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Pennies for Peace
A year ago, Augustana participated in the Pennies for Peace campaign that raised $12,000 for the Central Asia Institute (CAI). The on-campus campaign was reopened for the 2009 fall semester in support of alumna Nick Jackson, whose sixth grade students at First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy are raising money for CAI this year. The Augustana effort raised about $400.
“Our community is so generous in the service to others,” said Susan Bies, Director of Student Academic Support Services.