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Season of giving: Milligan students organize holiday service projects

Milligan College students help clean Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile food pantry. The service event was organized by the Student Government Association.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Dec. 4, 2012) — Final exams are less than one week away at Milligan College, but students are making time to get into the Christmas spirit by helping to serve the community through various projects and collection efforts.

Several students, faculty and staff participated in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Members of the Milligan community picked names and purchased toys, clothes and supplies for approximately 80 children in the Tri-Cities area.

The Angel Tree gives individuals and partnering corporations an opportunity to provide personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season.

During a recent project organized by Milligan’s Student Government Association (SGA), 25 students volunteered to help the Second Harvest Food Bank in Gray, Tenn. Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to hungry children and seniors living on a fixed income, as well as individuals and families in need through Food Bank agencies.

The students helped to clean out the truck that the food bank uses as its mobile food pantry. The Mobile Food Pantry helps to provide regular distributions of food and grocery products in places that do not have food pantries or soup kitchens.

In addition, this week SGA sponsored Santa’s Toy Shop, a toy collection for Families Free. Based in Johnson City, Tenn., Families Free is a non-profit organization designed to build better communities through the transformation of vulnerable families, especially those affected by incarceration.

For more information about community service at Milligan, please contact Allison Nauman with Milligan’s LINC (Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community) office at 423.461.8488 or LINC@milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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