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Students Setting the Table for Community Holiday Meal for Bethlehem’s Hungry

Community DinnerBethlehem, Pa., November 29, 2012—For the 14th consecutive year, Moravian College will host a holiday luncheon for residents of Bethlehem who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a seasonal feast. On Saturday, December 1, Moravian volunteers will bring and serve up food and fun at Community Holiday Feast at the Church of the Nativity, located on Bethlehem's south side. The annual event provides a hot meal and small gifts for local families in need, in collaboration with local community service organizations. This year, for the third year time, the Moravian College Center for Leadership and Service is organizing the holiday luncheon.

"With our ties to local community service organizations, it made sense for the Center to take on this role," said Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development. "It's also a great student leadership opportunity. Carrying on this Moravian College holiday tradition is an honor. We are pleased to provide a needed service to the community, while supporting student leadership in the coordination of the planning of the event.”

Kate Cohen ’14, a work study student at the Center for Leadership and Service, will lead planning for the 2012 program. Dantsin and Cohen say they will recruit 40 to 50 volunteers, including faculty, staff, and students to help with crafts, serving meals, and other tasks.

Tickets to the holiday luncheon are distributed to needy families in the community by New Bethany Ministries, Victory House, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fountain Hill School Family Center, Fowler Family Center, Turning Point, and Clearview Elementary School Family Center.

For each of the last 13 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, entertaining, and interacting with guests and their children.

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.