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Christmas Giving: St. Clair College, SRC Food and Toy Drive

Tuesday December 13th, 2011, 3:15pm


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Esthetician's and their toys

St. Clair College has been helping less fortunate students with food and toys for Christmas for over 15 years says E.P Chant editor of The Saint (the St. Clair College newspaper.  The drive was originally run by the alumni and about eight years ago was taken over by the SRC (student representative council).

Matt Caron, the president of the SRC says he’s been participating in the SRC food and toy drive for four years and that the esthetician’s program is the biggest contributor but all are welcome to donate. The nursing program has been taking canned goods for those in need, the architecture program has contributed and so has the culinary program. There are 107 students (80 families) being helped to date with more being added daily.

The Esthetician program and ran a clinic in which students provided manicures and pedicures to outside clients and 100% of the earnings went to this heartwarming charity.  The students were permitted to go shopping and buy the toys for these families in need (I myself was one of the lucky few put in charge of a shopping group and I worked three of the clinic days and I can tell you it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.) The work you put into a charitable even like this isn’t even close to the reward you get in return, just the feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone less fortunate is worth its weight in gold.

I spoke with the head of the program Debra Rymal and she sad that the esthetician program has been a part of this inspiring charitable event for several years.  When asked how it felt to be a part of this event; she replied “I feel humbled, excited, I’m proud of the students, extremely proud of the students”

I had the chance to speak Emily Dunn another student put in charge of shopping and Miranda Avram who accompanied her and I asked them how they enjoyed the shopping trip.

“It was a lot of fun, shopping for the older boys was difficult, but it was fun”  replied Emily.  Even tho she said it was so difficult, when asked of she would do it again, she replied “I would do it again, it’s nice to help out community members who need it”  When asked of Miranda if she enjoyed the shopping trip, she replied “Yes, I did” and her face lit up with a smile

You can really feel the love and support amongst the group when they spoke about their participation in the event.  When Julie Dipasquuale was asked why she decided to volunteer and her reply was a simple  “Why not” she said and then went on to say “It’s for a good cause. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”  Which is what we call the golden rule in the esthetician program. I feel that we’ve done all we can to help those in need this Christmas and that
really makes me happy.

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