MORAVIANS MAKE CHRISTMAS MERRY FOR MANY

Pass the roast beast: no grinches were present at the Moravian feast.

For the ninth consecutive year, members of the Moravian College community expressed the spirit of the season by hosting a holiday luncheon at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, providing food to residents who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a seasonal feast. The luncheon, held on December 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., was attended by more than 250 guests from a variety of Bethlehem social service agencies. Gifts were handed out by the College holiday hound mascot, portrayed by CIT administrative systems manager Jeff Lawson, with assistance from his daughter Anna "Rudolph" Lawson. Terry Kubera,  secretary in the education department, organized volunteers to assist children with the arts and craft activities. Hilde Binford, assistant professor of music, led a project that provided Christmas tree photo-ornaments for each guest. A musical group of students, staffers, and friends provided live music throughout the event; musicians included CIT user support analyst Tom Mondschein, Emily Gibbons ’09, Bonnie Banks-Beers, visiting instructor-Spanish Silva Mandler, adjunct instructor in education Beverly Morgan, and student carolers organized by Kelly LaTourette '08 and professor of education Sandy Fluck. Other volunteers from the college community helped set up and serve a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake, and pie.

Moravian's holiday hound was a great Santa stand-in.
Live music added extra holiday ambiance.

TOY DRIVE WRAPS UP NICELY

Moravian’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee spread holiday cheer by conducting a third-annual Toys for Kids drive, in which each Moravian athletic team donates new, wrapped toys to the pediatric ward of Lehigh Valley Hospital. This year’s toy drive collected 110 toys, as well as $130 for a new stereo system for the ward. The toys were delivered on December 11, when Bob Ward, Lori Radcliffe and some student athletes handed them out to the kids (with plenty of presents left over for kids checking into the hospital in coming weeks). "It’s great to see the children open the presents," says Elise Martin, SAAC president. "They’re always very surprised and happy. And the parents are extremely grateful that someone thought of their children during the holiday season."

Want to help make someone's holidays extra special? Consider the following community service opportunities:

Operation Santa Claus. Donate holiday gifts to Lehigh County children in need: contact tracyshiffert@lehighcounty.org

Salvation Army. Be a bell-ringer, adopt a family, or participate in angel trees: contact Joy Labbee, Bethlehem Salvation Army, 610-867-4681; or Joan Brady, Easton Salvation Army, 610-258-9531 ext. 104.

Christmas Wrap Booth Fundraiser for Pinebrook Services for Children and Youth. Volunteer to wrap gifts at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Contact Connie McDowell at cmcdowell@pinebrookservices.org .

Adopt-a-Family. Donate gifts to families in need living in the Parkridge Housing Project in West Bethlehem: contact Linda Terrick at 610-317-2068.

Coat Drive. Collection of new or gently used coats to be donated to Allentown School District, Turning Point, and the Allentown Rescue Mission: contact Hasanna Birdsong at hbirdsong@yellowpages.com.

Were you involved in an on-campus holiday service project? Tell InCommon how it turned out and we'll share the news in January: rickc@moravian.edu.