The “Miracle on 38th Street” might look and sound familiar to some students, because it is a re-vamped version of what has been
called “Christmas on Campus.”
The administrative offices in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union have been working together to continue a longstanding Christmas tradition at Mercyhurst.
The Campus Involvement Center, Campus Ministry, the Office of Service Learning, the Marion Shane Multicultural Center and Parkhurst Dining services are collaborating to continue the campus tradition, while preparing for changes brought by the new 4-1-4 academic schedule next year.
The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the student union.
Organizers of the event hope to create the same service-centered feel that has been present in past events by bringing together Mercyhurst University and the Erie community.
Fifty children ages 4-10 from local agencies will visit campus for the after-school program, giving Mercyhurst students a chance to give back to the community.
A more intimate and meaningful event is the goal, achieved by limiting the number of participants this year. This year agencies include the House of Mercy, the MLK Center, JFK Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Erie.
Each child will be matched up with a student volunteer, whom they will participate with in various crafts and activities provided by Registered Student Clubs and Organizations (RSCO).
The event also includes Christmas carols, holiday dancing, Christmas tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Children will each receive a Christmas gift and have an opportunity to make and pick out gifts for their parents or guardians.
Volunteer numbers are being capped at 50 and all volunteers must attend a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Student Government Chambers.
If interested in volunteering, contact Activities and Spirit Coordinator Preston Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.