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2011 University of South Carolina Fall Giving Tree


The University of South Carolina School of Medicine's (USCSoM) AΩA Beta Chapter recently completed its second annual Fall Giving Tree service project after receiving a grant this year from AΩA. The project benefits the Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, Free Medical Clinics (FMCs) that provide free medical care to impoverished patients in each respective city.

The project used Christmas trees placed in several high-traffic hospital and clinic sites to collect a variety of needed goods for the FMCs. The AΩA chapter set up the trees during the month of November and decorated them with hand-made "ornaments"; each ornament consisted of a candy cane and a 3" x 5" note card emblazoned with the AΩA mission statement as well as the name of a desired good to donate. Contributors took an ornament and then returned a purchased item to one of several predetermined locations. A friendly competitive spirit was encouraged by allowing the participants to return a pre-made ornament to the tree colored with either USC or Clemson school colors. Periodically during the project AΩA members would collect these items and return them to a central location.

The project was an outstanding success. Thanks to a generous grant from AΩA, the number of permanent trees was increased this year by 50% from 4 to 6 allowing for expansion of the project. Expenses totaled $456.21 of the $1200 allotted, allowing for continuation of the project for years to come.

The AΩA chapter met and evaluated the successes of the project and made suggestions for next year including buying more decorations such as Christmas tree toppers at after-season sales and improving the ornaments. This project will continue for years, and we will continue to send a yearly update.

Updated on February 22, 2011.