This holiday season, RHS departments put the true reason for the season first. Throughout the months of November and December, folks from various departments collected gifts and goodies to help make the holidays brighter for Spartan families.
For the past five years, Information Services (IS) has adopted a family through MSU Safe Place. Team members from Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises (VPAE), Culinary Services (CS) and Human Resources (HR) also coordinate similar efforts through the MSU Student Parent Resource Center.
MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. They are located on campus and serve students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing Area.
But, this year, the gift collection and distribution meant more.
Assessment Office Research Associate Tom Fritz explained how he found the reason behind this giving season.
“By eliminating anxiety for parents and families to provide an amazing experience for their kids, and allowing them to be present in the season, that is worth a few bucks out of my pocket, even as a student,” he said.
He explained how the holiday season should be about being together with people and being thankful for what you have. Participating in the holiday gift program allows him to give to others so they can just be thankful for one another.
This year, the 1855 Place second and first floor teams were able to help out two families in need. According to Kim Smith, VPAE accountant, the Business and Financial Services Office has sponsored a family for several years.
“This holiday season, we adopted a family of five,” she said. “As a department, we are really looking forward to making gift wishes come true for the children, as well as providing some items for mom and dad.”
Executive Assistant Kathi Duncan and Strategic Initiatives/Lean Performance Manager Kelly High McCord have coordinated holiday gift efforts on behalf of VPAE and CS.
“Our department has participated in this program for about six years,” Duncan said.
Training Program Developer Cathy Lugibihl said HR is involved in the holiday gift program as well. “After all the gifts are collected, we meet the family, and it’s heartwarming to make a personal connection with them,” she said. “There’s no greater reward than being able to help someone in need.”
A sincere thank you to all the team members who contributed and made this year’s holiday gift programs truly impactful for these Spartan families.