Students can bond through annual Sweaters and Service event

Miriam Ridge, Staff Reporter

Do you have a hankering for community service? Do you like hot chocolate and free food? Do you have an ugly sweater you’ve been itching to wear? On Dec. 6, Alpha Chi Omega will help you with all of those cravings with their second annual Sweaters and Service from 6 to 9 p.m.

Four service activities will take place at the Alpha Chi Omega House on Bellflower Road. Students can make small holiday art kits for the patients at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, make paracord survival bracelets for active military from the area, make stockings for the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center and knit scarves and hats for the students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The event is open to the campus. It will also feature an ugly sweater contest and a holiday photo contest for clubs and organizations. The photos will be sent to university President Barbara Snyder as an unofficial non-denominational holiday greeting from Case Western Reserve University’s students. There will also be karaoke and performances from various student groups next door in Bellflower Hall.

Food from Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Subway, Dewey’s Pizza and Chipotle will be available for volunteers.

The original Sweaters and Service event was created in order to fill Alpha Chi Omega’s desire to have a community service event in the winter to fill the space between their Domestic Violence week in the Fall and the Domestic Violence Walk in the Spring. Alpha Chi Omega emphasizes bonding in the CWRU community (both Greek and Non-greek) through service, especially during the holiday season.

“It’s a good way to end the year,” said Rachel Miller, an Alpha Chi Omega sister. “You can have fun while doing good things.”