Giving back and celebrating at NCC
A lot is going on at NCC to spread joy this season!
On November 14, the Christian Fellowship Club met with Samaritan's Purse, a charitable organization whose mission is to bring relief to those in need across the world as a part of missionary work. Together the two groups decided to give back to children who may not have much during the holidays. Donations of toys, toiletries, food, school supplies and more were packed into boxes and shipped internationally.
"Christian Fellowship really deserves a lot of credit for putting this together," said Aaron Pride, an NCC student passing by the display of contributions. "Students were coming straight from class or using their free time to fill and seal the boxes. The number of students grew throughout the time Samaritan's Purse was on campus."
Overall, the Christian Fellowship Club in partnership with Samaritan's Purse donated 1,500 shoe boxes to this effort. What a wonderful way to spread happiness to kids around the world!
Holiday HOPE Chest is another mission set to bring a smile to children's faces this year. The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley partnered with Coach Adrian Yaguez in the Athletic Department at NCC to give presents to children who may not otherwise have gifts to open this season. The Volunteer Center gets agencies, businesses, hospitals and other entities, to donate items in shoe boxes that are wrapped but have a lid that can be opened, much like a chest. Northampton has several teams participating in this year's event, which is the sixth year Athletics has organized the Holiday Hope Chest drive at NCC. Donations will be collected until December 1.
Thanks to the generosity of faculty and staff, students can shop at the Holiday Bazaar for gently used and new items free with a valid student ID on Monroe Campus, Bethlehem Campus, Fowler Family Southside Center. And for kids who live inthe Southside, there's the NCC Future Student Holiday Baazar!
Thanks to a project by NCC's HOPE pantry, 35 NCC students on the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses and their families got to enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal they might otherwise have missed, complete with turkeys donated by Jaindl, sides and desserts!
On December 1, NCC's hosting a Winter Holiday Concert featuring Bel Canto Dalle Stelle, NCC's community chorus, in Lipkin Theatre. The chorus will sing a collection of holiday favorites to put the audience in a joyful mood!
Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus (LYYC) will perform on December 10 in Lipkin Theatre. LVYC is a children's chorus in residence at Northampton Community College. The Lehigh Valley Italian American Band will accompany the LVYC in singing a variety of holiday music and carols from around the world. With its international theme, the chorus will have instruments from other countries accompanying their singing. Audience sing-alongs welcome!
Dance your way down to a concert of another kind with the Acta Non Verba Winter Dance Concert in Lipkin Theatre on Bethlehem Campus. Catch the performances on December 7 at 11 am and December 8 at 7:30 pm. Acta Non Verba, The Northampton Dance Ensemble, and the NCC Credit Dance Concert present a student performance with choreography by NCC Dance Faculty, Guest Choreographers, and students. This performance marks the 20th Anniversary performance with a guest performance by In Motion Dance Company at the Friday, December 8 performance. This performance is FREE with a canned good donation.
The students are decorating the windows in the Student Life Zone at the Bethlehem Campus! Art Connections Club, in conjunction with Student Life, celebrates the holidays with a Holiday Window Decorating contest annually. Students are encouraged to show what the holidays mean to them, with scenes in the past ranging from a Grinch display to a Hanukkah masterpiece.
"It's a way for students to de-stress around finals and add to the spirit at NCC," says Miranda Baker, student life and leadership development administrator. Individuals or clubs can decorate a window to be entered into the contest.
The Art Connections Club awards a prize to three students or clubs who win the popular vote for most creative exhibition. Generally, the prize is in the form of flex dollars that students can spend in the food court or bookstore, and in the case of a club painting a window-funds for their club. The painting begins on December 4 and judging occurs on December 15 so wish the participating students luck, and if you'd like to participate, visit Student Life on Bethlehem Campus in CC 253!
Speaking of decorating,Science Lab Technicians Daniel and Darryl Peters dress up the hallway on the second floor of Penn Hall with decorations galore. Take a look at what they did this year, and find an original story authored by Dan Peters on the wall by one of the displays!
Swing into the Holidays and learn to swing dance on December 6 from 11 am - 1 pm in the Student Life Zone on Bethlehem Campus.
Come out on Thursday, December 7, to Winterfest in the Quad on Bethlehem Campus. From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. get your pictures with Santa, partake in arts and crafts and enjoy free food!
Here comes Santa Claus right down to Pocono Hall on Monroe Campus! Check out Breakfast with Santa on December 2 in Pocono Hall Room 108 from 9 am - 12 pm. FREE for children under 5, $1 for ages 6-10, $5 for anyone over the age of 10.
On December 7, a Holiday Movie Marathon will take place in the Kiva at the Bethlehem Campus beginning at 7 p.m. Come watch "A Christmas Carol," "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" and more. The Film Club will be selling candy and cookies to enjoy during the movies at a table outside the Kiva.
For more fun, informative or charitable happenings this season and all year around, check the NCC Events Calendar!