’Tis the season for giving—a charge NNU’s students fully embraced through their first annual Give Week November 18-22. The student body traditionally sponsors a nursing home gift drive providing Christmas gifts to local nursing home residents; this year they decided to increase their community impact with charitable opportunities extending throughout an entire week.
Anchoring the week’s activities was the nursing home gift drive which resulted in 30 residents of Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Nampa receiving Christmas gifts and a personal, hand-written card from a student. This was the most residents NNU has ever sponsored. Student Government Association’s (SGA) Community Relations Coordinator Spencer Hassman shared his excitement about the event: “Each resident provides a list of three to four items, and students are asked to purchase at least two items on that list; my office is full of presents right now! I’m looking forward to delivering them to the nursing home right away so the residents can enjoy the anticipation before Christmas of seeing gifts and knowing someone cares for them.”
Throughout Give Week you could also find students writing letters at stations across campus, serving food or washing clothes at the Salvation Army Family Community Shelter and participating in raking projects on the weekend. Various food drives sponsored by dorms and clubs provided further ways for the campus community to contribute.
Though Give Week has officially come to a close, the NNU campus continues to live in the spirit of giving both at the local and international level. On December 7, students volunteered for Dress a Child, a community event sponsored by JCPenney that provides local children with a $100 shopping spree and personal escort to guide them as they select clothing. That same day others donated to the 7 Cares event benefiting Idaho charities who serve hungry families and the homeless. See a photo KTVB shared with NNU from their time spent interviewing Vice President Carey Cook.
On the international level, the student body has pledged $16,000 in support of the Annie Gorman Clinic in Namankwan, Ghana. On December 6 they made a significant step towards reaching that goal at the “12 Dollars of Christmas” themed chapel service where they raised $1,200, bringing the total fund to almost $6,400.