This article appeared in a November 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
By Brian Reinhart,
North Lake Now Blog
This fall, the Santa Bucks charitable drive returns to North Lake College, and we need your help!
A one-day charitable event best described as part flea market and part shopping spree, this popular holiday tradition will take place on Central Campus on December 7, in room H226.
Right now, instructors and students across all four of North Lake’s campuses are collecting canned food for the charity drive. Many of those instructors are offering extra credit points to students who help out classmates in need.
To volunteer, donate, or get more information, contact
Santa Bucks is a free shopping spree for students in need. After presenting a student I.D. and signing in at the cashier’s station, student shoppers are given $30 in “currency.” They are free to browse through the campus marketplace of canned foods, home goods, and gently used clothing, and make purchases using their Santa Bucks.
Throughout the year, students, faculty, and staff at North Lake donate items to the Santa Bucks program. These donations help students who are challenged by the costs of attending school and paying for basics such as transportation, childcare, food, and clothing. Santa Bucks was started to give such disadvantaged students an opportunity to do Christmas shopping for themselves and their families.