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Above, during this fall’s Day of Service, students crafted some “random acts of kindness" cards to distribute to others around campus. Below, MCLA students work on a local Habitat for Humanity house.

Students to Decorate Christmas Trees for Habitat for Humanity

11/30/16

MCLA students will get an opportunity to help others while expressing their creativity this Thursday, Dec. 1, when the campus participates in this year’s fundraising effort to benefit the Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

According to Christopher Hantman ’14, community engagement coordinator for MCLA’s Center for Service and Citizenship, students are needed to make some ornaments to hang on several MCLA-themed, miniature Christmas trees that the College will decorate and donate. The trees then will be auctioned off in Williamstown this Saturday, Dec. 3, as part of the town’s annual Holiday Walk.

All those interested in helping should stop by the Marketplace on Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m.

“Habitat for Humanity has been a great partner with MCLA,” Hantman said. “It is a service site for our LEAD Academy program, as well as our annual fall and spring Days of Service. Our students love to go there and volunteer their time while, at the same time, they learn some hands-on skills.”

He continued, “We thought it may be cool to use the MCLA logo or other MCLA ‘swag’ to decorate the trees. We’re asking people to come and make, and then add, an ornament to a tree.”

The time commitment for the project will be minimal to each student who wishes to participate, Hantman said, as there will be only a few small trees to decorate.

All crafting supplies to create the ornaments will be supplied at no cost to the students. In addition to the purchased craft materials, Hantman hopes various departments from across the campus might donate to the effort. Such donations may include college memorabilia that the students can create ornaments from, such as small MCLA pennants.

This week’s effort, Hantman said, “is a fun and easy way for us to support a great organization that continuously provides high-impact volunteer experiences for our students. We are excited to participate and get crafty with our trees!”

All of the money that is raised at the auction – to be held at the Christmas Tree Showcase at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown, from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3 – will go toward a home for a Northern Berkshire family in need. The organization’s current building project is a home at 813 West Shaft Road in North Adams, which is being renovated.

For more information about decorating MCLA’s Christmas trees, e-mail Hantman at Christopher.Hantman@mcla.edu, or call (413) 662-5384.

Any groups or individuals who wish to volunteer their time to help should contact the Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Office at nbhabitat@msn.com or (413) 664-4440. For more information, go to www.northberkshirehabitat.org.