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Bereans Gather Food & Gifts for Community

As the holiday season draws near, staff members at the Hutchins Library and Jelkyl Drama Center are giving the college community a way to help make happy holidays in the community.

Food Drive Donation

Hutchins Library is collecting non-perishable food items for the Berea Community Food Bank and Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society has set up a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Jelkyl Drama Center for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

"Food for Fines" has been a program at the Hutchins Library since 1996. Last year the library collected 2,941 items and hopes to collect more this year. Students can take $1 off of their library fines for each non-perishable food item they bring to the circulation desk. Students are also asked to bring in items even if they do not have a fine. Staff and faculty can also collect items in their departments or offices and library workers will come pick them up.

This year there is a great need for macaroni and cheese, tuna, beef stew and other canned meats, fruit, dried beans, corn bread mix, flour in 2 pound bags, cereal, and oatmeal. The library will take most of anything but ask there be no donations of ramen noodles.

"We've been complimented by the person in charge of the Food Bank because he says we always collect so much of what they need the most and high quality food. I wish every student, staff and faculty would bring in at least one item. They would feel good about helping someone who is hungry," said Barbara Powers from Hutchins Library.

The college community is also encouraged to participate in Jelkyl Theater Center's Angel Tree program. Angels are available in the lobby of the Jelkyl Drama Center. Simply pick up an angel, on which is written the name of a child and her/his special wish. Return wrapped gifts and the angel back to the Jelkyl Drama Center by December 10 to ensure a gift to a local child who may not otherwise have anything for Christmas.

If you do not have the means to donate food items or purchase gifts for needy children please give your time to the community. The Berea Community Food Bank accepts volunteers on an individual basis. If you are interested in giving your time please contact the director of the food bank, Jerry Workman, at 985-1903.

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