Jarvis Christian College celebrates 110th year by giving back to area families

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Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 3:05 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 10:51 PM CST
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HAWKINS, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas college gets staff and students involved in providing food boxes to families for the holidays.

Jarvis Christian college in Hawkins is celebrating their 110th year since establishment by giving away 110 food boxes to areas families in need.

The college started their holiday food drive with a core principle in mind: Service to others.

“Service is a core and guiding principle here at Jarvis Christian college, and we thought it would be a great idea to help others who are in need here,” said school president Dr. Lester C. Newman.

Collected through donation, the college staff and students passed out the boxes today to families.

“The boxes have macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, some canned vegetables, a lot of other items in them,” said Gia Petties, the schools’ community services coordinator.

“We decided to feed 110 families to commemorate our 110th anniversary as an institution here. Faculty, staff and students provided canned goods and other dry goods, I think we got 35-hundred to 4-thousand dollars in donations,” Newman said.

“It brings a little bit of that Christmas joy and spirit people talk about. I think it’s nice that we’re able to help so many people,” Petties said.

The school actually got a late start on their food drive, but knew with the communities help, they could make it in time.

“In a very short period of time. We started this late in the season and once we put it out we got great support,” said Newman.

And they didn’t stop at just giving out food boxes. They also delivered them to needy children at schools.

65 boxes were delivered to schools in Wood and Upshur counties.

Also of note for ‘Jarvis Christian college’. It will soon offer it’s first master’s degree programs in Spring 2023.

The programs mean Jarvis will also move from college to ‘university’ status if approved by the Jarvis board of trustees.

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