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Posted on December 6, 2012

Commerce Society’s annual Holiday Hope campaign spreads cheer to the Kingston community
Commerce Society’s annual Holiday Hope campaign spreads cheer to the Kingston community

November 27, 2012 — The Queen’s Commerce Society held its fourth annual Holiday Hope event in Goodes Hall. Groups of Commerce students had raised and pooled their funds to purchase gifts for 120 children of 78 local families, the highest number of children yet. The event was once again held in partnership with Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington, previously known as the Children’s Aid Society.

Each of the participating groups of students had received a package with the names, ages, and wish lists of local children. The ComSoc Outreach fund matched up to $75 of the total amount raised by each group.

A new addition was the Holiday Hope Coffee House held the night before the gift presentation event. Participating students descended on Goodes Hall to wrap their gifts, listen to Christmas music, and eat Christmas treats. The evening wrapped up with a talent show with singing, poetry-reading, and musical performance.

This year’s Holiday Hope campaign was organized by the Commerce Society’s Outreach Commission, led by Natalie Fisher, Brendon Holder and Jacie DeHoop.

“As Commerce students, we are incredibly privileged,” says Natalie, “but we are also incredibly compassionate. Holiday Hope gives Commerce students the opportunity to have a direct and personal impact on the Kingston community that has given so much to us. We have been truly amazed by the generosity of the students, faculty and staff of QSB. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that as a Commerce family we not only come together to support each other, but also to support those around us who are less fortunate.”