MTSU’s Secret Santas stepped up again for the Little Raiders gift-giving campaign.
This year’s effort gave 43 “Little Raiders” and their parents a brighter Christmas, culminating with a Dec. 11 party held on campus featuring Santa — none other than Student Programming’s Rich Kershaw — and a helpful crew of elves and human reindeer.
Each year, the campus community can “adopt” a Little Raider by picking a numbered ornament hanging on three Christmas trees across campus. The ornaments list the child’s age, gender, clothing size and wish list.
The annual effort targets the children of low-income MTSU students as well as the children of parents receiving assistance from the local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
MTSU Police Sgt. Vergena Forbes, an event organizer as well as one of Santa’s helpful elves during the party, said this year’s event also benefited several homeless families being served by Club YES, a local nonprofit.
“It was well received,” Forbes said of the Christmas party, adding that several parents were moved to tears. “The recipients were very thankful.”
This year, the MTSU Police Department, June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and Campus Recreation Center partnered with the Golden Key Honor Society, Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and MT Lambda to sponsor the campaign.
Forbes said that local Christian volunteer organization Barnabas Vision also put together gift bags for the parents filled with items such as movie passes, purses, scarves, toiletries and similar gifts. Dollar General also provided support, she said.
For more information about the campaign, contact University Police Sgts. Vergena Forbes or David Smith at 615 898-2424.
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