MTSU
READING

MTSU Police host Christmas gift-giving party for &...

MTSU Police host Christmas gift-giving party for ‘Little Raiders’

MTSU’s Little Raiders gift-giving campaign wrapped up a successful 2014 effort with a lively party Friday (Dec. 12) at the University Police Department for some of the Blue Raider community’s needy youngsters.

A shy "Little Raider" chats with Santa (MTSU Student Programming's Rich Kershaw) at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party held Friday, Dec. 12, at the MTSU University Police Department on East Main Street. (Photos courtesy of Sgt. Broede Stucky)

A shy “Little Raider” chats with Santa (MTSU Student Programming’s Rich Kershaw) at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party held Friday, Dec. 12, at the MTSU University Police Department on East Main Street. (Photos courtesy of Sgt. Broede Stucky)

The annual effort targets the children of low-income MTSU students as well as the children of parents receiving assistance from the local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program. This year’s effort gave 27 Little Raiders a brighter Christmas.

LittleRaider-1_eRecord“It was a great event,” said University Police Sgt. Vergena Forbes, a community policing officer and organizer of the campaign. “A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the party, and the individual and corporate donors for making the entire campaign a success.”

The University Police Department, June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and Campus Recreation Center partnered with the Golden Key Honor Society, MTSU OWLS (Older Wiser Learners) and MT Lambda to sponsor the campaign.

Members of the campus community were asked to put on their Secret Santa hats and “adopt” a Little Raider by picking a numbered ornament hanging on three Christmas trees set up across campus in recent weeks. The ornaments listed a needy child’s age, gender, clothing size and wish list.

And for the second straight year, the effort received a significant boost from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 54, which donated $1,050 that was used to purchase enough gifts to brighten the Christmases of six children whose ornaments weren’t selected and also provide additional food for Friday’s Christmas party.

Santa Claus, also known as MTSU Student Programming's Rich Kershaw, was a big hit at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa Claus, also known as MTSU Student Programming’s Rich Kershaw, was a big hit at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

The children, along with their parents and guardians, were invited to Friday’s party at the police headquarters on East Main Street, where they enjoyed food, fellowship and a special visit from Santa himself (Rich Kershaw, director of Student Programming) as well as a few special volunteer elves, including Forbes.

“He was a great Santa!” Forbes said of Kershaw. “He had the snow-white beard and everything.”

Forbes praised Dollar General for allowing placement of collection boxes at two local stores that enabled the campaign to give the Little Raiders stuffed Christmas stockings this year. Other key donors included Kroger on Middle Tennessee Boulevard, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s on South Rutherford Boulevard, Slick Pig, the June Anderson Center, Phillips Bookstore, MTSU Construction and Renovation, Campus Recreation and Golden Key Honor Society.

Golden Key members Brittany Benefield, Laura Kissel, Tiffany Graziano, Yvonne Ejorh, Brittany Smith and Kiara Rainer volunteered to decorate and assist with the party, some dressed as Santa’s elves.

For more information about the campaign, contact Forbes or Sgt. David Smith at 615 898-2424.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 54 donated $1,050 to the MTSU Little Raiders gift-giving campaign. Shown above, left to right, are MTSU Police Lt. Brett Huskey, Lt. Kim Rednour and her daughter, Adelynn, Capt. Jason Wofford, Sgt. (and elf) Vergena Forbes, FOP member Kenneth Bachelor, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Deputy Matt Roe and MTSU Police Officer Adam Wortman.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 54 donated $1,050 to the MTSU Little Raiders gift-giving campaign. Shown above, left to right, are MTSU Police Lt. Brett Huskey, Lt. Kim Rednour and her daughter, Adelynn, Capt. Jason Wofford, Sgt. (and elf) Vergena Forbes, FOP member Kenneth Bachelor, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Roe and MTSU Police Officer Adam Wortman.

Santa's seat awaits his arrival to distribute the many presents at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa’s seat awaits his arrival to distribute the many presents at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Sweet treats were prepared for the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Sweet treats were prepared for the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa's arrival draws a roomful of smiles at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa’s arrival draws a roomful of smiles at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa and some of his elves huddle before distributing presents.

Santa and some of his elves huddle before distributing presents.

Santa chats with one of "Little Raiders" given a stuffed stocking and gifts at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

Santa chats with one of “Little Raiders” given a stuffed stocking and gifts at the 2014 Little Raiders Christmas Party.

 


Employee account created by LAM on 5/8/12 (PZRNFAC report)

COMMENTS ARE OFF THIS POST

INSTAGRAM
WE ARE TRUE BLUE