Thanksgiving is next week and the holiday season has arrived.
The holiday season provides many opportunities for students to give back to their community through service.
There are several ways to get involved in service through on-campus activities, as well as off campus in the community.
Students have been working on the Operation Christmas Child project on campus through OCU Religious Life. This is the second year for OCU to participate in this program.
The athletic department is collecting canned goods to donate to Skyline Urban Ministry.
This time of year, various places begin accepting donations for gifts for children whose families cannot afford to buy them gifts.
The Salvation Army, at 824 N. Pennsylvania Ave., takes these types of donations.
Students also may opt to “adopt” an angel from a Christmas tree.
Students have previously volunteered at the Jesus House, 1335 W. Sheridan Ave., serving food during meal times. Jesus House also is a location for donation drop offs.
Donating time, service or money is something that should be on our minds year-round, but particularly during the holiday season.
Students are encouraged to find some time or spare some pocket change and give back during this time of year.
The campus community has already started to give back, join a cause and make someone else’s day a little brighter.