January 6, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Because of contributions made by John A. Logan College students and staff, more than 300 area children enjoyed a brighter Christmas last month as part of the college’s ongoing Angel Tree project.

According to Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Cultural Activities and Student Events on campus, students and employees bought gifts for 162 children and a total of $6,900 was raised for shopping for an additional 138 children.

The Student Senate raised $2,170 of that amount from a raffle, silent auction at the AutumnFest, and organizing a coat check at “A Dickens Dinner.”

Other clubs on campus donated $1,850. Individual donations totaled $1,777. The Student Senate also chipped in $578 more from its bank account.

The Board of Trustees and school administration raised an additional $525 through the jar challenge.

Barkley Giffin said special thanks are in order for those individuals who donated their free time to shop for and purchase gifts for the children.

They include: Brenda Dearing, Kaydee Dinkins, Sonia Dyes, Dana Greenlee, Zachary Leming, Kayla Malone, Cody Mifflin, Gerri Miles, Grant Mills, Connor and Kaleen Porvaznik, Christian Robinson, Hannah Ice, Shelby Satterlee, Josh Stout, Steven Whitaker, Jacob Wiegand, and Craig Howe.

Those people who wrapped presents include: Lillie Betts, Greenlee, Dyes, Brandi Husch, Leming, Hayden Golightly, Malone, Miles, Ty Nance, Ana Perez, the Porvazniks, Ingris Santos, Carol Studie, Trent Taylor, Whitaker, Wiegand and five employees with the Hyatt Reservation Center in Marion.

Barkley Giffin added also offered a shoutout to Europe and Cindy Doan, who helped organize a snack pack donation for all 300 children, courtesy of the All Nations Church Food Bank.