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The Giving Game: Giving Back to the Community at Christmas

Published on December 18, 2014 by Karen Newmeyer

By Amanda Black, administrative assistant

Each December, empty boxes start popping up around Broadview University-Orem waiting to be filled with food, toys and other donations for families in need of a little help during the holiday season. This year, we decided to add some friendly competition to the spirit of giving.

Students Dallan Langston and David Bennight

Three teams were created. Team 1 was the vet tech department, team 2 included all of the other programs, and team 3 was comprised of staff and faculty.

Our goal was to see which team could fill up their box with the most donated items to give to the Community Action Services and Food Bank. The competition added some fun to the process, and knowing that the food donated would help families have a Christmas meal gave it meaning.

When asked why she feels giving at Christmas time is important, vet tech student Ashley Maycock said, “We have so much, and it’s nice to be able to give to others the things they don’t have and help them have a better Christmas.”

“Giving and being charitable are things I have been taught,” said Samantha Christensen, vet tech student. “It is a way to give to those who are in need and to show them that they are loved.”

The Community Action Food Bank is a program provided by the Community Action Services and Food Bank organization located in Provo, Utah. In the year 2011, an average of 2,100 families a month received food assistance from this program.

The mission of this non-profit organization is: “First, to stabilize the person and then rebuild their life.” For over 40 years, they have helped to provide the necessities of life to individuals and families in need. These necessities include food and housing, counseling, as well as the means to stabilize finances and become self-sufficient.

Visit Community Action Services and Food Bank to learn more about how you can help to stop poverty.

A very Merry Christmas to all from the Orem campus!

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