Picture your favorite holidays…

What sticks out to you? Is it the time spent with your family, the delicious food, the gifts exchanged? The holidays are a indeed a joyous time for many of us! However, with over 17% of the population in South Carolina living in poverty, the holidays can be more stressful than spectacular.

Because we believe that the holidays should be a happy time for all, Carolina Service Council and The Leadership and Service Center sponsor Carolina Cares, an annual holiday donation drive. Through Carolina Cares, we make the holidays happen for families in need.

Make the holidays happen for families in need

From Monday, October 28 to Tuesday, November 26, there are three ways that you can get involved:

Harvest Hope Holiday Boxes
Organizations and individuals can check out a Holiday Box checklist to make the holidays happen for a food-insecure family in South Carolina. Or for only $15, Harvest Hope will assemble a Holiday Box on your behalf. To check out a checklist or make your $15 donation to Harvest Hope, please visit the Campus Life Center.

Salvation Army Stocking Stuffers
In a partnership with the Salvation Army, we make the holidays happen for children by collecting stockings filled with stuffers. The stockings themselves are free and it only takes a small donation of gifts to make a child’s holiday that much happier. Simply check out a stocking, fill it with age-appropriate items (we’ll even give you suggestions), and return it when you’re finished.

Holiday Mail for Heroes
For a seventh year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season. The process is very simple and takes no time at all; all you need is a pen to share your appreciation and make the holidays happen for members of our armed forces.

The donation period for 2013 will be Monday, October 28-Tuesday, November 26. Stockings and cards may be checked out and donations made in the Campus Life Center, located across from Einstein’s Bagels in the Russell House University Union. All cards, stockings, and donations must be dropped off before 4 PM on Tuesday, November 26.

The USC Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 the university will celebrate the 59th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Come join the USC community- listen to the carolers and enjoy the beautiful festivities. The ceremony begins at 6:00 PM on Davis Field (adjacent to Russell House). All are welcome!