MC students join American Legion
in helping area needy families
It all came down to pennies when residents of Manchester College’s
Garver Hall raised $1,525.66 to help the American Legion Auxiliary bring
a merry Christmas to needy families.
Students in each wing of the residence hall staged a “Penny War,”
garnering points for larger coins and bills and losing points for
pennies collected. In the final hours of the two-week challenge,
hundreds of dollars in cash were dumped into the collection containers,
said Amanda Myers-Walls, Garver Hall director.
The students gave the cash to American Legion Auxiliary Post 286 to add
to its holiday family fund.
While some wings solicited faculty and staff, “this was mostly from
students, which is the part that is really cool about this,” said
Myers-Walls. About 230 students live in the residence hall. In addition
to digging deep for the money at the end of the semester, the students
also sacrificed laundry change. This is the second Christmas collection
contest by Garver, which gathered $1,300 last year.
“There are angels among us and they live in Garver Hall at Manchester
College,” said Dee Hoffman, president of American Legion Auxiliary Post
286. “We are honored to be the distributors of the results of their hard
work and gifts of love. We are blessed, and now, so will some local
needy families.” The Post expects to help at least 10 families have a
merry Christmas, she said.
Manchester, a church of the Brethren college, has a history of giving
back. The college and its friends raised more than $15,235 for hurricane
relief this fall. And last year, students contributed more than 10,870
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