By Trishna Buch
Helping others. That is what the holiday season is all
about, what we should be doing all the time, and what
Houstonians demonstrated as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
When someone is fortunate enough to be healthy,
warm and living good lives; they should do whatever they
can to give back to those people who are less fortunate.
The holiday season can be especially difficult for people
who find themselves in hard times. It would be difficult
for parents and adults, who are dealing with daily
life, while trying to give their children a joyous Christmas.
And it would be difficult for children who still have their
innocence, and may not understand the difficulties their
families are facing. These children would expect to wake
up on Christmas morning and see piles of gifts waiting
So the staff and faculty of Galveston College got together
and participated in a community service project
designed to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald
House of Galveston. According to their website, www.
rmhg.org/ , the house is “a home-away-from-home for
the families of children who are seeking medical treatment
at the University Of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners
Hospital For Children and the Transitional Learning
Center.” For these families, Christmas and presents is
probably the last thing on their mind. All they would most
likely care about is making sure their child is happy and
healthy. And that’s where Galveston College comes in.
“Each year, the Galveston College Staff Professional
Development Committee selects a monthly session to
be presented throughout the academic year,” Dr. Mary
Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management,
said in a press release. “This year, committee
members decided that the December session should be
‘Giving Back to Our Community.”
According to the press release, after speaking to Janie
Puentes—House manager—and learning that the House
may serve up to 15 families in December—the college
community began making donations. These donations—
which included socks, sweatpants, toys, art supplies,
and snacks—filled up 15 large gift baskets, 15 large bags
and several large boxes. Along with the aforementioned
donations was a donation of over 15 beanies for the children,
hand-knitted by the wife of a faculty member, and
the donation of crayons and toys from the Cub Scout
group of another faculty member. The Galveston College
community really did its part to help out this month.
“It was a wonderful day of fun and fellowship when the
Galveston College faculty and staff came together and
gave back to the community they serve,” Lantz said in
the press release.
By Trishna Buch