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Spreading the Holiday Spirit: How 4 Families Got Meals and Memories

Published on December 6, 2013 by Staff Writer

During the holidays, it can be hard to hold onto the spirit of giving when there are so many distractions. Many of us get sidetracked by all the cultural demands placed upon us, like having the brightest and most festive house in the neighborhood—complete with a blow-up Santa, reindeer, and sleigh balancing precariously on the roof (we hope no strong winds!).

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But we know that despite all of the holiday fanfare and multicolored lights, our focus should be on wrapping gifts for others instead of getting wrapped up in ourselves.

This is why Broadview University-Orem kicks off every holiday season with a food drive. By providing a delicious Thanksgiving meal to families in need, Broadview fully embraces the “giving” spirit of the season. This year, students and staff members donated enough food during the month of November to provide full-fledged Thanksgiving dinners (turkeys included) to four families in need.

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James Kelly (middle) and Randy Johnson (right) team up with United Way to spread holiday cheer.

“The campus really rallied together to assist these families,” said James Kelly, medical assisting program chair. “We were happy to be in a position to help these people get the Thanksgiving dinners they deserved.”

With help from companies United Way and Community Action, the food drive was coordinated by James Kelly, Randy Johnson, and Broadview’s medical club.

It seems as though the giving spirit is contagious, with more and more donations pouring in each year as the campus tradition gains momentum. “I’m impressed by everyone’s willingness to step up and assist those in need,” said Ryan Farley, campus director. “Students, staff, and faculty members all pitch in what they can—not just to donate food, but to help people make lasting holiday memories.”

So even though we’re surrounded by all things sparkly, shiny, and bright this time of year, remember to keep the spirit of giving in mind this season. As Maya Angelou said: “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

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