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by Elisabeth DavidsonStudent Contributor

Alice Lloyd College’s Sociology Club is getting into the Christmas spirit by encouraging campus members to support a child from the local Cares Cottage. The Cares Cottage, located in Hazard, Kentucky, provides a safe and comfortable environment for children who have been victims of sexual assault to receive support. The donations from the Sociology Club will not only brighten the children’s Christmas but also assist them in getting the services they need.

When asked why the club decided to host this fundraiser, Club sponsor, Professor Vena Gayheart, said, “Many of our club members desire to further their education and work in the social work field. However, their first initiative is to help children that do not have a voice in many instances, and by supporting The Cares Cottage, our club is enabling these voices to be heard.”

Helping the local community during Christmas is an ALC tradition that began with Mrs. Lloyd’s mother, Ella Geddes, who began ALC’s Christmas Pretties Program. While the College continues to donate Christmas Pretties every year, the students also volunteer to help the community through clubs and organizations. The Sociology Club’s donations are just one of the many ways ALC students are impacting the Appalachian region.