‘Tis the season for helping students in need at MCC-Business & Technology

Andrew Shields (from left), Kristen Brumley, President Jackie Gill and Dean Ryan Meador wrap presents for the project.
Andrew Shields (from left), Kristen Brumley, President Jackie Gill and Dean Ryan Meador wrap presents for the project.

Several students at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology have a little more cheer this holiday season because of an initiative to give back.

The “Better Than Expected Christmas 2016” project was a campus-wide charitable effort to offer a gift to students in need, including food and gift cards allowing the recipients to buy their own ingredients for a holiday meal.

“Preparing students and serving the community is at the heart of our mission at Metropolitan Community College,” said Jackie Gill, Ed.D., president of MCC-Business & Technology. “It’s wonderful to see so many of our faculty and staff come together on this project, and rewarding to help our students.”

Gill, Ryan Meador, Ph.D., dean of students, and Andrew Shields, administrative assistant to the deans, organized the project, forming 12 groups that consisted of administrators, faculty and staff.

Each group provided funds or menu items to gather the materials needed to supply the students with a gift. Eleven meals were prepared, each on a spectrum between a box with all the menu items and gift cards.

Faculty, staff and administrators gathered to help wrap the boxes on Dec. 16, and the students picked up the gifts during the week of Dec. 19.

“I thank everyone who helped make my family’s holiday better,” said MCC-Business & Technology student Charity Ceballos-Perez. “The gift card allowed us to have a great meal for Christmas. You will never truly know how much I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the school and workers. There aren’t enough words for me to express my gratitude. I pray that everyone who has blessed me and my boys and everyone else will be blessed beyond compare.”