College employees give family an early Thanksgiving

November 26, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Thanks to the holiday spirit of more than 100 employees at Howard Community College, a needy family in Columbia had an early Thanksgiving yesterday.

Stephanie Smith, a security office assistant at the West Columbia school, delivered a Thanksgiving supper to the home of a woman and her three children whose names were not disclosed. Gifts for the family are expected to be delivered over the holidays.

"We are a community college, and since we're based in Howard County, we felt that we should try to reach out to the community," Smith said.

"We all have children ourselves," said Smith, who has two. "We want to help children."

The children in the needy family attend Smithfield Elementary School, selected by the college as part of its holiday adoption program. The program links the college with schools to help support needy families.

Last year, college personnel and students donated several bicycles, train sets, and clothes to nine children at Wilde Lake Middle School, Smith said.

The program is the brainchild of Renae Moore, an assistant at the college bookstore, who said she decided to organize the effort after several students at the college asked her about a donation program.

"Most people who donate are from churches," Moore said. "I thought that we should try to do something, too. It came from the heart."

Moore said 107 support staff, professors and administrators have donated canned goods and gifts for the Columbia family. Some of those gifts include clothes, books and a toy stroller.

Moore said she doesn't expect accolades for the program.

"When you see someone say, 'Thank you,' that's enough for me," Moore said.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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