Friday, December 18, 2009

Students share holiday spirit

Douglas students took time during the hectic mid-term season to make the holidays a little brighter for four local families.

The Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) adopted a single mom with a six-year-old daughter through Fraserside Community Services in New West. Students say they were moved to take action by Lions Gate Entertainment founder Frank Giustra, who gave a talk at Douglas in the Fall.

“We were really inspired by Frank and what he said about the importance of philanthropy,” says DCBA member Hilary Loyd (centre in the above photo, with Catrina Bordignon, left, and Bailey Chambers, right). “We’re going to make this an annual tradition,” Hilary adds.

Meanwhile, Nursing students sponsored three Douglas students in need and their families – a mom with two children and two moms with one child each – through Financial Aid at the College. In all, they raised over $1,200 in cash and gift cards.