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A family tradition

Every year, the ONU community comes together to help those in need.

The holiday season is always the perfect time for the Ohio Northern University community to show its gratitude to the larger communities of Ada, Ohio, and Hardin County. Through organizations on campus, students, faculty and staff rally together each December to participate in a variety of philanthropic opportunities to support families, charities, food banks and children in need.

For the 15th consecutive year, the ONU Secretarial Association organized a toy and clothing drive for the Children of Hardin County program. Donations poured in from across campus, including the gate revenue from the ONU wrestling team’s Dec. 5th ONU Invitational tournament, to help 140 children in the area.

“Everyone works together, so it’s just an awesome experience. It’s not just one organization. It’s the whole ONU family,” says program director Brenda Hamlin. The ONU Secretarial Association is seeking volunteers to help lead its efforts next year. Please contact Hamlin for details.

Together, ONU campus organizations Habitat for Humanity, International Admissions Office, Fencing Club, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee and Student Senate helped by donating to the Artists Against Hunger event put on by the Department of Art and Design. Artists Against Hunger rose awareness for the Hardin County Backpack Program and more than $3,500.

The Panhellenic Council coordinated the Fill the Fireplace event, which involves several different student organizations helping area families by purchasing gifts and arranging a Christmas dinner.

Kappa Phi hosted the annual Sing-A-Thon again this year, filling the McIntosh activities room with songs of the holiday season for 24 consecutive hours.

Heterick Memorial Library’s annual Feet for Fines program gave students the opportunity to pay fines for overdue books and other library materials with children’s shoes and socks (for the Helping Hands charity in Kenton, Ohio) instead of money. Food donations also were accepted and donated to the Ada Food Pantry. Feet for Fines is a joint effort between the Heterick Library, ONU Women and the Ada Public Library.

Lastly, the ONU Bookstore offered a 20 percent discount on many in-store items in return for a food item donation for the Ada Food Pantry.