FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 18, 2008
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA - With the economy at the forefront of purchasing decisions this holiday season, Christmas at Gordon will not only offer traditional and free or inexpensive ways to celebrate the holidays; each event will also provide an opportunity to give to one of many Gordon in Lynn partners.
Gordon College's satellite campus in Lynn, MA, partners with some 25 community organizations and allows students to engage and minister in a diverse, urban community. While the Gordon community has often supported Lynn partnership organizations through toy drives or coat drives at Christmas time, this year giving will take on a new dimension. Gift cards to local malls, supermarkets and stores will be collected at each event in an attempt to supply these partners with unique necessities during the holidays.
"Gift cards will let organizations buy according to their exact needs rather than being forced to make do with what they might not really need," said Gordon in Lynn Program Assistant Beth Wright. "An organization like New American Center caters to refugee teenagers, many of whom have just arrived from Iraq and Burma. For them clothing is an immediate need rather than something like toys."
Gift cards to local malls, supermarkets and stores will go to organizations such as My Brother's Table, The Community Minority Cultural Center, International Rescue Committee and the Boys and Girls Club.
The Gordon in Lynn program and campus seek to develop faithful student leaders through guided civic engagement within mutually beneficial partnerships that foster a healthy community.
Collection boxes can be found at each Christmas at Gordon event held December 2-6. For more information on all the events of Christmas at Gordon, visit www.gordon.edu/christmas or Gordon in Lynn www.gordon.edu/gordoninlynn.