Adopt-A-Bear Program Brings Cheer to Chestertown Children

By Kim Friel

Student Life Editor

Washington College is once again hosting the Adopt-A-Bear program for this upcoming holiday season.  The event is being sponsored by the Office of Student Development, the Service Council, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the sisters of AOII, and the SGA Community Service committee.

The program promotes the spirit of giving by helping less provide presents for less fortunate children in the Chestertown area.

This year, there were 250 “bears tags” to grab on the decorated Christmas tree in Hodson Commons and impressively, the WC community has left the tree bare.  Children on the tree range in age from months months old to 17 years old, and all have special needs they are looking for this holiday season.

Many students decide to adopt-a-bear as a way of giving back during the holidays, and many sports and clubs at WC adopt-a-bear as a group effort.  The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi have adopted three “bears” from the tree and each class, the sophomores, juniors, and seniors, have their own child to provide for.

“I think it’s a great idea to adopt-a-bear with a group of friends,” said senior AOII sister Megan Easter.  “It’s fun to go shopping for your ‘bear’ and individually pick out something for them and then see how much you’re actually able to give this child when combining the presents of friends’.”

Adopt-a-Bear presents are to be placed under the Christmas tree in Hodson Commons by Wednesday, December 8th.  It is asked that presents be wrapped and held in a plastic bag with the bear tag taped on the outside of the bag to prevent confusion of which presents go to which children.  The response to the Adopt-A-Bear program has been overwhelming this year and the sponsors thank you for your participation.

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