Ancilla Softball Delivers Gifts and Socks to the Homeless

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ancilla Softball Delivers Gifts and Socks to Homeless

For the second straight year, the Ancilla College softball team put their Christmas spirit to work by helping the homeless.

The Chargers kept up their tradition by allowing fans to donate socks at all home softball games in the fall and spring, in place of paying admission. Over 200 pair of socks were collected and donated to Hope Rescue Mission in South Bend. The team went one step further this year.

“The socks were great,” started Ancilla coach Scott Reese, “but we wanted to do a little more.”

And they did. Through the combination of an anonymous donation and fundraising that the team has been doing throughout the fall for the program, the sixteen member team got together and purchased gifts for all 26 children at the mission.

Seeing the look on the children’s faces when they saw the gifts that they were receiving melted my heart,” mentioned sophomore Rohni Beck. When the day was complete, the team had some time for reflection.

“It was hard to actually see all the people that were struggling, but it was nice to see that they were all like a family,” stated Courtney Clark. “I learned to appreciate others,” revealed Brianna McClellan.

“Giving a present was more than just another gift, it was bringing hope and joy to the kids,” said Shelby McConnell.

“We should never take our life for granted,” started Kayla Dell, “and always be thankful for what we have.”

Sophomore Kayleigh Schroeder capped off the day, “It was not only a time to help others, but help ourselves find who we really are and what we should appreciate.”

Ancilla College enrolls 500 students in 17 degree programs ranging from accounting to nursing. It was founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1937, and is located 2 miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth.