Christmas on Campus called a success

Sarah Hlusko photo: An estimated 94 children took part in Christmas on Campus.Sarah Hlusko photo: An estimated 94 children took part in Christmas on Campus.Christmas on Campus 2011 was a hit.

This event could not have been a success without the volunteers, gift wrapping, decorating and logistics people.
Senior Adrianne LaGruth said, “Everyone really pitched in to make it a real success.”

About 94 children from local agencies were given a Mercyhurst buddy to participate in a day of festivities.

“Since our school is dedicated to service, we are not only helping others, but a lot of the buddies take a lot out of giving their day to make someone else’s special,” LaGruth said.

Several clubs participated on campus by supplying activities and crafts for the kids.

Some examples are the Habitat for Humanity’s activity, which was making graham cracker houses, and MSG which provided gifts for the kids to wrap for their mom or dad.

In addition to the crafts, some of the Mercyhurst students dressed up as characters, which created a fun atmosphere for everyone.

Another huge success was Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus coming to Mercyhurst.

Junior Abby Robinson said, “All the kids seemed to be having a lot of fun. They were especially excited when Santa and Mrs. Claus came to hand out gifts. They even welcomed Santa to Mercyhurst by singing ‘Jingle Bells.’”

Santa’s visit is something the children look forward to each year.

The success of Christmas on Campus can be measured in several ways, but the reaction of the children may be the greatest.

“It is always fulfilling to spend a day with a child, just having fun and seeing their faces light up when Santa gave them something they asked for. It is an amazing experience,” Robinson said.

The children, buddies and clubs have so much fun with the kids that the time flies..

“There is never enough time,” LaGruth said.

Although there may never be enough time in the day for the children to play and create every craft available, the day will always be a success that students and children look forward to every year.

Junior Bridget Finn said, “Making a child’s day with laughter, smiles and happiness is immeasurable. Overall I think this is one of the best events all year, and our Mercyhurst community did an awesome job coming together and making a positive difference.”