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Otterbein University Students Give Back to the Community

December 3, 2013

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is known for its commitment to community service. Fall semester ends on Dec. 12 and students are studying hard for their final exams or wrapping up final projects, but they still are finding time to give back to the community.

Here are a few of the projects with participation by Otterbein students:

Nearly Naked Mile Clothing Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Otterbein students will relieve some stress just before exams by running or walking the Nearly Naked Mile at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, starting at the Campus Center. Runners participating in this clothing drive and fun run wear layers of clean clothes that they shed as they complete the run, eventually ending the run in tank tops or t-shirts and shorts. Not only is the event a fun way to relieve some pre-exam stress, but the clothing is donated to the Open Shelter in Columbus. The Nearly Naked Mile is sponsored by Greek Life’s InterFraternity and Panhellenic councils.

Feeding Our Neighbors Food Drive
Now-Friday, Dec. 6
The Otterbein University community is joining together for a campus-wide food drive to benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM). Teams of students are competing to collect the most food donations from wish lists provided by WARM. Participants are encouraged to ask family members, fellow students, faculty and staff for donations. Donations will be weighed from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St.

Women’s Lacrosse Toys for Tots Drive
Now-Friday, Dec. 6
The Women’s Lacrosse team will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. A donation box will be available through Friday, Dec. 6, in the Campus Center. People donating toys from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. will be entered to win a daily prize giveaway. Prizes include a Nike hooded sweatshirt, Nike sweatpants and Otterbein Lacrosse t-shirt. Contact sschmidt@otterbein.edu for more information.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast
Friday, Dec. 6
People attending Otterbein’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast on Friday, Dec. 6, are encouraged to bring food donations to benefit WARM. Collections will be accepted during the Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. on the Towers Hall lawn, 1 S. Grove St., and at the Holiday Feast at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit www.otterbein.edu/treelighting.

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