Setting the Table for Community Holiday Feast

Preparation has begun for the December 4 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 first time, the Moravian College Center for Leadership and Service will organize the holiday luncheon. (Previously, planning was led by the President's Office, which will provide support during the transition.)

Moravian students put smiles on the faces of local children at the 2009 community holiday feast.

"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."

Samantha Houck '13, a work study student at the Center for Leadership and Service, will lead planning for the 2010 program. "Sam's leadership and project management skills and experience made her the obvious choice," said Dantsin. Houck, who was involved with a similar community holiday service project at her home church in Hummelstown, Pa., will retain the integrity and success of the program by following the same general format used previously, with the hope that in the future, more volunteer opportunities might be available to students."Dantsin and Houck say they hope to recruit 40 to 50 volunteers, including faculty, staff, and students to help with crafts, serving meals, and other tasks. To volunteer, contact Katie Dantsin at 610-861-1509. (Also look for e-mails to faculty and staff in the coming weeks; as before, volunteers will be able to sign up online.)

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.