We always let readers know how to donate to various agencies each holiday season. On Nov. 25, we published a huge wish list from groups, called Ways to Give.
Many folks donated whatever they could spare to Sept. 11 terrorist victims. That was wonderful, but many local organizations have empty coffers. That poses a problem for those who want to make donations, but have been hit hard by tough financial times this year.
There was a wonderful project at Edmonds Community College in the English department that should give ideas to anyone with no money to spare. Hayden Nichols’ English 205 class was required to design and implement a service project that met a community need.
There was a twist. Students only had six weeks to make a difference, and it couldn’t cost more than $5 out of their own pockets. That was probably good news for stereotypically strapped college students. The results were delightful.
Here is what some of the students accomplished:
"I didn’t expect to get so much food," Revoir said. "It wouldn’t all fit in my car, so I had to call in reinforcements."
"The best part of the project was the support I got from my former customers and people that I know," she said.
They said they had so much fun, they’re planning to go back.
Get this — Phounsanoy threw a party at his house and charged his friends $2 to get in. They raised $106, which he used to buy sports equipment for the youth center. He donated two basketballs, two volleyballs, some pingpong paddles and some basketball nets to support programs to keep kids off the streets.
"I started thinking about this project in June of 2000, but now I’m committed to working on it for the rest of my life," Chancco said.
Don’t let having no money stop you from making a difference in your community. For those with deep pockets, please refer to our Nov. 25 Ways to Give column for donating ideas or watch for my column Dec. 21 that will feature letters to Santa from foster children. I’ll include a dropoff spot where you can take last-minute gifts for deserving children.
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