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Moravian College to Help Feed Bethlehem’s Hungry at Holiday Lunch

Music, crafts, and gifts from “Santa” to brighten children’s day

Bethlehem, Pa., December 5, 2006—For the seventh consecutive year, Moravian College will host a holiday luncheon at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity to provide food to residents of Bethlehem who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a seasonal feast. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch will be attended by more than 175 people from a variety of Bethlehem social service agencies including the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center, Victory House, New Bethany Ministries, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fountain Hill School Family Center, the Fowler Family Center, Turning Point, and Clearview Elementary School Family Center.

This year, “special visitors” will attend the luncheon to spread holiday cheer among the guests.  Mirta Pimentel, instructor of Spanish at Moravian College, will play “Mrs. Claus” and sing contemporary Christmas songs in Spanish.  Her husband Sean Ireland will play “Santa” for the children and hand out gifts (stuffed toys, dolls, crayons, coloring books, activity books, games, cards, etc) that have been donated by the Moravian campus community. Volunteering for the lunch is becoming a regular holiday tradition for Mirta, Sean, and their 2 sons who have worked at the lunch for the past several years. “Our family has helped with the meal for several years because it fits into our ministry of helping widows and orphans,” noted Mirta.

For each of the last seven years, more than fifty Moravian College faculty, staff, and students have volunteered to help serve a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake, and pie. Moravian College continues its partnership with social services agencies to provide outreach to residents of Bethlehem that would benefit from some holiday spirit and a nutritious hot meal. Cathedral Church is providing the site and Moravian College is providing the food and volunteers for the lunch. Moravian College volunteers will be setting up, serving food, greeting, interacting with guests and their children.

Joyce Hinnefeld, professor of English at Moravian will assist children with the arts and craft activities.  Hilde Binford, professor of Music at Moravian will engage guests in a project that results in a Christmas tree adorned with photos.

    * Michael Lorenz '07 is organizing a student musical group which will provide live music throughout the lunch. At his first holiday feast at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Moravian College president Christopher Thomforde will welcome guests and spread holiday cheer.

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at Wyandotte Street/Route 378 on south end of Hill-to-Hill Bridge in Sayre Hall.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.