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Editorial

Holiday season provides chances for students to give back

Published December 13th, 2012

As well all know, finals are right around the corner. Of course, the Holiday season is coming up fast as well.

Every year we watch the classic movies, we see all of the cards and we see all of the commercials. All of those have one thing in common: they talk about the holiday spirit. Despite these constant reminders of the holiday spirit, it tends to be something we forget about.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as “in the Holiday spirit” when the holidays roll around. However, let’s face it, most of us do not contribute to much of anything other than gifts for our loved ones. The holidays are a season for giving, and for giving back.
However, very few, if any, of us actually give back.

Yes, we are mostly all poor college students, so it is understandable that giving some donations to charity is far from the front of our mind. However, there is more than one way to give back. Volunteering is another way in which we can all give back.

Unfortunately, students here have not stepped up to the plate when it comes to volunteer work.

With the recent cancellations of not one, but two, of the Destination trips, this year saw a steep decline in the interest for the trips. These trips are obviously meant for students to have a great opportunity to do volunteer work, but it means even more to the people who are helped as a result of this work.

Understandably, all of us do not have the time or money to make a commitment to making a trip like that. However, there are many other ways to give back in your community.
Two ways to give back in River Falls, for example, can be to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity or at the River Falls Food Pantry. These are both great ways to volunteer and help give back this Holiday season.

Most people claim that they have the “Holiday spirit” during this time of year. Well, we at the Student Voice challenge you to spread some of that spirit around to people or communities who may not have as much of a reason to have the “Holiday spirit.”

It is amazing what effects a small gesture can have on someone who really appreciates it. Helping spread the “Holiday spirit” to those who need it could be the best gift that you both give and receive this Holiday Season.

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