Friday, 11 December 2015 06:50

MHC busy helping others at Christmas

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Anyone at the Canadian Tire in Medicine Hat Dec. 5, may have noticed members of one of the Medicine Hat Rattlers teams ringing bells and taking part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle campaign.

It is all part of the college’s emphasis about, not only contributing to the philanthropic and festive mood of the holiday season, but continuing to add contributions to the 50 Acts of College which is an extension of ‘50 acts of kindness’, only involving college students, staff and faculty as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the post-secondary institution.
Now it is Christmas time, college officials have fulfilled half of their 50 “acts” and according to Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Co-ordinator, Marketing and Communications Colleen Graham, they are right on cue.
College officials have jumped on board doing some work to help the newcomers from Syria.
They have done a lot of different things in the past three weeks and everyone is getting involved. For example a cataloguing and information technician at the College’s Vera Bracken Library has been helping students learn how to sew so as to have people knit scarves as part of an initiative to give international students something to keep them warm.
“It’s been beautiful. Anne Baxter  has been doing noon-hour sessions and people have been sewing them,” explains Graham.
Over a two-week campaign the staff — out of their own pockets — filled 72 Operation Christmas Child boxes, including collecting the $7 packing fee.
They also have a toy drive where they have a Christmas tree upstairs where students and staff are donating toys which are going to the Medicine Hat Santa Claus Fund.
As well, Graham says the Students Social Work Club did a used coat drive and gathered a number of warm winter coats. They wound up donating half to the Champions Centre and half to the City of Medicine Hat Development team.
It seems like a lot of work between Christmas and 50 Acts of College and Graham noted they have to ensure the staff doesn’t get worn out.
“We just have to be cognizant of donor fatigue,” explains Graham, who notes it’s starting to slow down now. However in January they will be at again and will announce more initiatives to help people not only at the college, but in the southeast region too.
Anyone in the rural county area who has an idea which the college can help with, email Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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