The 1st Annual Capitalism for a Christmas Campaign Press Release–featured in The Free Press

4 12 2007

Rochester College Student Organization Sponsors 1st Annual “Capitalism for a Christmas” Campaign

 Rochester Hill, MI—December 3—Calling their event, “The Capitalism for a Christmas Campaign,” on December 1 a small group from Rochester College’s Student Action Diversity Committee (SADC) and Student Government, went to Birch Run Outlet Mall in Birch Run, Michigan to participate in a charitable shopping trip for children with incarcerated parents.picture-3.jpg

            Each person who attended the trip donated $10 in order to purchase gifts for the children. The group was able to raise roughly $200 to spend as part of Prison Fellowship Ministry’s Angel Tree program.

            Senior Calvin Moore, student leader for the SADC volunteered with the Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program several years ago at his church. The church took a small group of guys to Birch Run the first Saturday in December to purchase gifts for kids whose parents are imprisoned.

            “I’d always wanted to do something like that again and I’m really glad that people at Rochester College were willing to support this kind of ministry. Jesus talks about ministering to ‘the least of these.’ This was a chance for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to innocent children through the giving of gifts,” said Moore.

Arriving at Birch Run Outlet Mall a little after 10 a.m., the group began canvassing several stores to find the perfect gifts for the children. They were able to buy brand new winter clothing from GAP Kids and a large bag of toys and games from KB Toy Store. Afterwards, they gathered together to enjoy the fruits of their labor at Tony’s Restaurant.

“It was a great experience,” comments Terrill Hall, the College’s dean of Student Life, “I enjoyed driving the group and it was a great way for me to get to know some students that I do not get to see everyday.  It was also a great opportunity for Student Government to partner with SADC to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.  I hope that we will do it again next year and have enough people to fill RC’s big red bus.”picture-8.jpg

Amanda Robinson, a member of SADC echoes Halls sentiments. “I was so excited about the chance to do something like this. I love kids and it broke my heart to think of anyone going without gifts at Christmas, especially children. Somewhere, little kids get to have a happy holiday because total strangers thought of them. And even if we never get to meet them and let them know who we are and give them hugs, it feels good to know that we’ve been part of helping out our fellow man.”

Prison Fellowship Ministries, founded by former Nixon aide Chuck Colson in 1976, is comprised of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families and BreakPoint, which equips Christians to live out their faith in the culture. Prison Fellowship Ministries has programs in correctional facilities in all 50 U.S. states and 110 countries worldwide, more than 20,000 partner churches in the United States, some 50,000 volunteers throughout the United States, some 300 U.S. staff, with an annual budget of approximately $50 million for its U.S. ministries. For more information about Prison Fellowship Ministries and their Christmas programs check their website at www.angeltree.org.

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