Amid final projects, activities and tests, Connors State College students, faculty and staff took time to support a variety of organizations this holiday season. From feeding the hungry to collecting gifts for children, the Connors campuses were a buzz of holiday activity.
“I encouraged our student organizations to come up with a community service project,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “They have exceeded my expectations. I am so proud of the effort and passion they put into helping others this year.”
The Connors’ season of giving started with more than 30 West campus employees and students sharing a warm meal with those at the Gospel Rescue Mission. The Phi Beta Lambda society gathered more than 700 Hats, Gloves and Scarves for the Muskogee Mission Shelter and the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The men’s basketball team gathered more than 60 blankets to donate to the Muskogee Salvation Army through their “Ballin’ 4 Blankets” campaign and the Women’s team collected canned goods for the Gospel Rescue Mission’s food pantry. The Angel Tree was supported by the Connors softball team and the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow while the Aggie Club made numerous nursing home visits. Operation Christmas Child was conducted by the baseball team, ensuring many children receive Christmas gifts this season, and the softball team became reading buddies with local elementary school students.
All three campuses participated in the CSC Food Drive and collected more than 7,000 items that were given to the Muskogee Cooperative Ministries, the Gospel Rescue Mission and the Assembly of God Church in Warner to be used to help those in need.
The multi-campus canned food drive began when CSC Sophomore, Deniese Leach, asked if her Social Services class could gather donations for the Muskogee Gospel Rescue Mission. The idea soon blossomed to include more than 7,000 donations.
“The idea of one student for the project took wings,” said Mike Jackson, Muskogee West Campus Administrator. “Our first community activity for all campuses was a success.”