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Name: Tina Erskine
Email Address: terskine@wccc.me.edu
Phone: (207) 454-1002
Date Submitted: December 13, 2012

CALAIS _ Christmas just got a whole lot nicer for some Down East children after members of Washington County Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa donated $638 to “Let’s all have a Merrier Christmas.”

The chapter members recently held a silent auction. “We had people donate items and people bid silently,” Phi Theta Kappa President Amber Sode said. The chapter decided to donate the money to the Washington County gift-giving group. “Let’s all have a Merrier Christmas,” is an organization that was started 28 years ago for less fortunate children here in Washington County.”

WCCC Instructor Rhonda French, who also is chairperson of ‘Let’s all have a Merrier Christmas,” accepted the check on behalf of the group. Last year, she said, the group raised more than $10,000 and bought gifts for about 400 youngsters. She applauded the WCCC chapter for selecting “Let’s all have a Merrier Christmas,” and also praised them for helping bring smiles to childrens’ faces Christmas morning.

Because of the tough economic times Down East, she said, more youngsters have been added to this year’s list. As a result, she said, her group hopes to raise more money. “The money that is donated goes toward the purchase of gifts for kids who are not being shopped for,” she added. “A lot of times it is for that warm piece of clothing.” Their goal is to give each child not only a piece of clothing, but also a toy.

Phi Theta Kappa co-chairs Nickey Dubey and Molly McDonald said that each year the chapter decides what it wants to do as a service project. This is the first year they have donated the money to “Let’s all have a Merrier Christmas.” “The silent auction was very successful,” Dubey said. “In years past they have given to the local Relay for Life and other groups.”

Started on campus more than a decade ago, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter has more than 20 students who have a 3.5 grade point average or better. Last year, French was made an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa; the first such honor for a faculty member from WCCC.