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Donations of food, clothing and time brighten the season for the poor, and the lonely

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 11, 2006) – “Tis the season.” At Tidewater Community College, that translates to a time for giving to the less fortunate. This season, as in years past, the TCC family made time for “good will to men,” women and children in the region with gifts of food, toys and clothing.

Dozens of TCC members collected and prepared gifts – from stuffed bears to stocking stuffers to “angel” items – to help fill empty spaces beneath holiday trees. Perhaps as important, TCC volunteers also shared a gift of time with lonely and sometimes ill senior citizens and children.

While TCC staff, faculty and student volunteers performed choral concerts open to all at their campuses, smaller TCC groups gathered to sing carols, including for residents of Maryview Nursing Center, showering “adopted” residents with gifts – and attention – during what can be a lonely time for elderly left without family.

Photo by Bradley Smith

Each of TCC’s four campuses takes part in holiday giving. At the Chesapeake Campus the Classified Assembly participated in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Stocking and Dress-A-Bear programs, dressing 100 bears for the toddler set and stuffing 210 stockings for children ages six to 14. They also adopted a TCC student and her children, providing the family with gifts, food and clothing.

Photo by Bradley Smith

Giving was also in full swing at the Norfolk Campus, with 75 children “adopted” by staffers for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, a Norfolk Campus holiday tradition for nine years running. In addition, the Classified Assembly sponsored the Salvation Army’s Christmas Stocking drive, filling 50 stocking this year. A non-perishable food drive, sponsored by the Student Government Association, brought in much needed food for the area’s needy.

Photo by Bradley Smith

The Portsmouth Campus started its holiday giving with a “snack attack” for Edmarc Hospice for Children, collecting and delivering 400 snack items for the children the agency serves. The campus continued its support of the Salvation Army Angel Tree, “adopting” 75 needy children for the 15th year running. TCC’s choral group – comprised of volunteer faculty, staff and some students – based in Portsmouth, performed free concerts at TCC campuses.

Photo by Bradley Smith

At the Virginia Beach Campus, the Learning Resources Center sponsored a Salvation Army Angel Tree for the entire campus, providing 50 children with a merry Christmas. Faculty and staff also brought holiday cheer to several students and their families referred by TCC’s Women’s Center, providing gifts, food and clothing.

NOTE: Photos from assorted events and gift-preparation activities are available. Call 822-1085.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit