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Moravian College Community Responds to Those in Need during Holiday Season

Bethlehem, Pa., December 13, 2006—During the holiday season, Moravian College students, faculty, and staff have conducted a number of initiatives in response to community needs and holiday “wishes.”  In the spirit of sharing and caring, appeals were made and collection sites were set-up across campus for the various endeavors including:

• Under the direction of Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator, Holiday Hope Chests were assembled and added to others gathered from the community at large to benefit disadvantaged children in the Lehigh Valley. Nearly 3,700 boxes were collected from colleges, community groups, local companies, schools, scouts and families and then distributed from the Moravian College site to youth serving agencies in the Lehigh Valley.

• Baby items were collected for The Sixth Street Shelter. Myra Rosenhaus, executive director of the shelter, expressed her thanks “to the Moravian College community for their generous donation of clothing, toys, bottles, diapers and other needs for our smallest clients. Moravian continues to show their compassion and their generosity to our shelter residents, and we thank you from the bottom or our hearts.”

• Dr. Theresa Dougal, associate professor of English, assisted by the Campus Community Connection, collected items for the Toys for Tots program as part of a Community Leadership initiative with the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre.

• SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) collected donations to purchase children’s more than 100 toys to give to the children on the pediatric ward in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

• The children of The Learning Connection mentoring program made decorative door hangers for distribution to children in hospitals or in rehabilitation care during the holiday season.

• Psi Chi (the National Psychology Honor Society) promoted its annual “buy a book” tree to reach a goal to purchase 50 books for children.  Money contributed in envelopes allowed the Psi Chi students to buy age appropriate books for children.

• The staff at the Reeves Library and WRMC, the college radio station, collected mittens, gloves, hats and other winter wear for Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.

• Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of Sociology, served as contact person for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth in the 0 Adopt a Family effort.

• For the seventh consecutive year, Moravian College hosted 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 was 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.

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.