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WORTH THE WAITWilma Stinnett, who turns 93 in January, waited in line for more than two hours in the cold, with her walker and her dog Rose, to visit Santa. Stinnett resides in Swansea and has visited Santa the last three years. Submitted by Terry Campo
THERAPY DOGS DURING FINALS WEEKOn Dec. 10 students petted, hugged and visited with a couple sweet pups from CHAMP Assistance Dogs in the Morris University Center's Goshen Lounge. Pictured: Students gather round Izzy the Goldendoodle in Lovejoy Library.Submitted by Megan Wieser
COATS FOR KIDSFaithful Navigator Dwayne Saul of the Knights of Columbus Council 1098 presented Catholic Charities of Madison County 24 new winter coats for Coats for Kids Nov. 19. Receiving the coats are, left to right, are Sara Sanchez, Carolyn Baldwin and Linda Hornberger. Submitted by Phil Achenbach
TOYS FOR TOTSThe Power Tumbling Team donated toys to the Marine Toys for Tots, under the leadership of Kim Riba, to Kathy R. Williams, Coordinator. Submitted by Kathy Williams
STUDENT OF THE MONTHCarter Rose was chosen as the Wolf Branch Student of the month of December by the Swansea Rotary Club. The award was presented Dec. 20. Submitted by Tim Tucker
COLLEGE ACTIVITIES TOY DRIVESouthwestern Illinois College’s Annual College Activities Toy Drive kicked off at the college’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in November. All the toys, donated by SWIC students and employees, were given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois for distribution to local families. Submitted by Dena Woods