This holiday season, the students, staff, and faculty at Ross Medical Education Center in Granger have been very busy getting into the spirit of giving in their community. First, they wrapped up their food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Associate Director of the Food Bank, Marijo Martinec, said the very successful drive totaled nearly 200 pounds of non-perishable food items and will provide the equivalent 150 meals to local families. He said, “on behalf of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, our heartfelt thanks to you and Ross Medical Education Center faculty, staff, and students for your generous support of our organization. Thank you!”
As soon as the food drive came to an end, the campus was at it again! Students, staff, and faculty collected donations of Christmas gifts for area children. They then boxed up the gifts from the Granger campus and headed over to the Salvation Army to deliver them there for the Angel Tree Program that the Salvation Army hosts annually. The Angel Tree Program is designed to provide basic necessities to underprivileged children in the community. Each “angel tag” contains specific information addressing each child’s most pressing needs. Ross students and staff eagerly took the angel ornaments off of the tree and they were spoken for within 24 hours of hanging them up.
The local Salvation Army’s Kroc Center received the gifts on December 18th and the campus was able to provide a Christmas for children from 20 local families. Everyone on the campus loved the opportunity to help out and make someone’s holiday in their community. They plan to make these events into annual traditions on the Granger campus.
For more information on the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, visit their website at www.feedindiana.org or their Facebook page. If you would like more information on the Kroc Center and Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program you can visit http://www.mykroc.org/ or check out their Facebook page.