The greatest part about the holidays at CNU isn’t just the festive decorations and the giant, luminous tree in the middle of the Great Lawn. Each holiday season, the spirit of giving is present as well. Student-driven initiatives like Delta Sigma Theta’s Angel Tree and the National Residence Hall Honorary’s Toys for Tots Pancake Breakfast are just a few examples of the community of giving at CNU.
This year, I spent a little bit of my paycheck buying some pretty cool presents for a child listed on Delta Sigma Theta’s Angel Tree. While I’m usually a stickler with my money, the satisfaction of helping someone who has less than I do made up for the anxiety induced from weaving through a maze of kids in the toy section thousands of times. Not to mention, it was kind of neat to see what toys are out there now — so much different from the wooden building blocks and Barbie dolls my sister and I got when we were little!
If your wallet isn’t so full, there are still many chances for community service in the Newport News area. The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula is always looking for volunteers to help out with off-loading supplies or packaging food. Or if you prefer to stay on campus, there are tons of student organizations that offer volunteer opportunities as well.