Adopt a Child: Eugene
The Christmas season is a season of giving, and for the 5th year, the NCU campus is participating in the Christmas Adopt a Child project where they get to provide a child with a present this holiday! 34 high-need students from three public schools in Eugene are asked for their Christmas list. Each of the children receive four to five presents that range from clothes and necessities to toys. This campus-wide event includes participation from all athletic teams, student leadership groups, NCU offices, and varying academic departments. During finals week, the toys are delivered to the schools and distributed to the kids by their counselors. For these kids, it means the world just to receive a simple gift for Christmas. For us, it means sharing the love and joy that God has extended to us in a package that the kids can enjoy.
We’ve asked those involved with the project this year to say a little bit about what it means to them:
“Being able to give gifts to children is a great opportunity. Not only to give back to the community, but also to be a part of the community. As a school, often times we don’t give to other schools, so being able to just take the time and step away from our academic life and give to our emotional and cultural life is important and this program helps provide that. ”
-Courtney Robertson, Student Programs Intramural Coordinator
“I am the team captain for the Men’s Golf team. I am a senior accounting major. Adopt a Child can show those of us that are blessed to have an abundance of physical items and wealth how good God really has been to us. It’s very easy for us to forget how blessed we are to live where we do and go to school at NCU. This program gives us an opportunity to give back just a little to those less fortunate children in our area, and even outside our community. This year the golf team collected funds and shopped as a group to gather items to give. Even though we don’t know these children personally, its still a blessing to be able to know that when these items are opened, we can bring joy to a child that might not have had the upbringing that we did.”
-Joshua Goins, Men’s Golf rep
“Each year the softball team is assigned a couple of kids to buy and wrap Christmas presents for. These kids come from low-income families around the area. We are provided a short list of things that they want, along with their clothing sizes. Our team does the best to obtain everything on their list for them, especially if they are asking for essentials like a winter coat or some socks. We go shopping for these items as a team, wrap the gifts, and turn them in to Student Life so that they can be delivered to the kids before they leave for their Christmas break. Not only is it a great team bonding experience for us, but we take pride in being able to help those in our community when they need it. Doing some shopping and wrapping gifts also gets us all into the holiday spirit, so we really enjoy doing this project every year.”
-Jessica Garner, Women’s Softball rep
Riley Anderson & Zach Sly, Men’s Basketball:
Courtney Robertson, Tomas Carradero, Student Programs, Taylor Irons, Residents Assistant/ASNCU President:
Thank you for spreading Christmas cheer and Christ’s love to children in Eugene!