Opportunities for giving 

Concordia's Centraide Campaign

On Thursday, Dec. 6, a pasta lunch served in the Library Atrium is expected to raise funds as well as holiday spirits. On Friday, Dec. 7, some lucky Concordians will win a 32" flat-screen TV, a laptop and two tickets to the Feb. 23 Canadiens hockey game. Details are on the site: centraide.concordia.ca

Libraries Christmas Auction

The Libraries will hold their 18th annual Christmas auction on Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. in the DeSève Cinema. Raffle tickets are $2 each and a booklet of 10 goes for $15. A raffle ticket will also get you into the Auction. Admission is $2 at the door without a raffle ticket. Be sure to register at the reception area and pick up a numbered bidding paddle. Only cash and cheques will be accepted. For more details, including prizes, please see: alcor.concordia.ca/ ~xmas/auction/

Concordia's Annual Food Drive

Donations made before Dec. 14 will go to Chez Doris and to St. Michael’s Mission, also known as the Red Roof Church. All departments are encouraged to have in-house collection boxes. For pick-ups, please fax Distribution at ext. 4000 several days before the deadline if possible. You my also drop donations off at one of the four depots: Information Desk (Lobby of the Hall Building), Birks Student Service Centre (LB-185), Music Department (RF-310) or Psychology/CSBN (SP-244). For details on what is accepted and how to label donations, please see news.concordia.ca under Notices.

Student Emergency Food Fund

The Multi-faith Chaplaincy's Student Emergency Food Fund is asking you to Feed the Fund. This is the time of year most of us think of the less fortunate in our midst, but truth be told, many Concordians need help year-round. The Food Fund puts the Golden Rule into action by putting food on the table when unexpected financial difficulties arise.

A great way to contribute is to decorate the holiday tree in the Library Atrium. Ribbons are sold for $1 (or more, if you so choose) and all proceeds go to the Fund. For contributions of $10 or more, tax receipts will be issued. Volunteers will be on hand from Dec. 10 to 14 inclusively between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you'd like to volunteer to sell ribbons for this worthy cause, please contact Tracey Fisher at extension 3593. Or consider passing the hat at a party. Tax receipts can be issued. Please contact the Multi-faith Chaplaincy for more details at ext. 3593.

You can still give....

The Bookstores have replaced plastic bags with non-woven tote bags in an effort to support our environment. Several thousand free tote bags were given out at the beginning of the semester.

These tote bags are being sold for $2 apiece, and the proceeds are donated to on-campus charity events. Over 2,400 tote bags have been sold to date, a donation of at least $2,400 to the Student Emergency Food Fund and another $2,400 to the R4 Program. In addition, the Bookstore will contribute $250 to the Emergency Food Fund from the annual book sale held last week. The Bookstore invites you buy a tote bag and continue the great tradition of caring at Concordia. They hope to raise $3,000 for each of these worthy causes.

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Teddy Bear Adoption

CASA Cares held their Teddy Bear Adoption on Nov. 29 to raise funds for the Colors of Concordia and the Montreal Children's Hospital. VP Internal Amanda Nicholson and VP External Fabio Ciarlelli (above) encouraged adoptions to raise funds. About $1,600 was raised from adoptive parents for the donated teddy bears. Some of the stuffed bears were donated to CASA Cares for delivery to sick children at the hospital. The week before, students, faculty and staff held a bake sale on the seventh floor of the Hall Building that raised almost $700 for the Colors of Concordia scholarships.

Handel's Messiah at the Concert Hall

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah. Conducted by Joseph Milo, the concert will feature the St. Lambert Choral Society, with David Christiani as musical director, soprano Chantal Parent, mezzo-soprano Chantal Lavigne, tenor Thomas Leslie and bass Desmond Byrne. Tickets are available at the Concert Hall box office and on the Admission network: www.admission.com Tickets are $25 for students and seniors, $30 for adults. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.


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