Virginia College Students Give, Ring, Run, and Cook to Help Others

Dec 22, 2010

As Virginia College's Baton Rouge campus celebrates its first Christmas, it is applying the old saying, "charity begins at home," in new ways. As their first holiday community outreach, they are supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), located inside of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Staff and students have been donating toys and books for RMHC, which assists with the care of sick children and provides a safe playroom in the ward.

Back on campus, staff and administration have provided holiday meals and toy bags to several families of students in need.

The weather outside was frightening, but Virginia College staff and students kept the Salvation Army kettle jingling at a Montgomery Wal-Mart recently.

Staff members, who braved the 30-degree weather for an hour each, were joined by students from the Surgical Technology program. This was the Montgomery campus's second year ringing the Salvation Army bell for donations.

Meanwhile, Montgomery Nursing students (and some hearty Career Services staffers) ran and walked in the freezing capital city weather to benefit the annual Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation. The students held fundraisers throughout the quarter and raised approximately $1,300, which they presented to the Arthritis Foundation at the event.

Watch Chef Jason Lafferty, Program Director of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Mobile, talk turkey and explain how he and his student staff prepared 60 of them for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner. Some 1800 close friends were expected for the holiday meal. The video was produced by the Mobile Press-Register.

Jessie Pamplin, Assistant to the Academic Dean at Virginia College in Jackson, won a New Orleans Saints football signed by former player Deuce McAllister as part of the city-wide United Way Annual Workplace Campaign.