A Caring Spirit for the Holidays
The Associated Students of Western Nevada College pulled out all the stops in helping the community this holiday season. Despite spending the past few weeks writing term papers and cramming for finals, WNC’s student government took the lead on four different community service projects.
The students made blankets to support Project Linus, an initiative that seeks to comfort seriously ill or traumatized children with blankets. Inspired by Charles Schulz’s Linus character in the PEANUTS comic strip, who was forever comforted by his blanket, the organization collects thousands of blankets and distributes them to children in an effort to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort.
WNC students made 150 blankets to donate to the local Fallon-based chapter, which will distribute them throughout Northern Nevada. The students were inspired to make the blankets after hearing about Project Linus at a student leadership conference last year.
ASWN President Heather Dodson said, “We (ASWN) have shifted our focus from doing big events on campus to helping the community and also struggling WNC students.”
WNC students collected gloves and hats for Advocates to End Domestic Violence, and sponsored an Angel Tree on campus for students and staff to choose names and provide gifts to more than 30 WNC students in need. The students also volunteered at the Northern Nevada Food Bank and helped collect canned goods at the recent food drive at the Governor’s Mansion.
For information about Project Linus, www.projectlinus.org or other ASWN projects, contact Christina Hillis, 445-3324.
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