UofSC to celebrate the holidays with a series of events

The University of South Carolina invites members of the campus and surrounding community to participate in holiday festivities that include the annual treelighting, choral concerts, toy and food donation drives and a holiday card exhibit.

The USC Police Department will stuff a police car with toys for children. The Toys for Tots drive will take place 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Dec. 1-2. in front of Colonial Life Arena. Donated toys must be new and not wrapped.

The Carolina Cares holiday drive was launched by the freshman class in 1969. The university tradition is coordinated by the Carolina Service Council and serves local children and families in need and supports the military. To participate, people can fill a stocking for children, provide a meal box for a family or write cards to deployed military servicemen and women.

The drive runs through Nov. 30 and collection tables are on the second floor of the Russell House on Greene Street every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details about how to give and get involved are online. Carolina Cares is supported in part by the Salvation Army, Families Helping Families and the American Red Cross.

The goal is to fill 800 stockings, provide 40 meal boxes and write 1,800 cards. The community effort will be celebrated at Carolina’s annual treelighting ceremony, which takes place at 6 p.m., Dec. 1 on the Horseshoe.

The university will continue the holiday spirit with a pair of free concerts by the School of Music’s Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at First Presbyterian Church and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Shandon United Methodist Church. The programs present the traditional Christmas story with choral selections by composers from all over the world.

University Libraries invites everyone to take a break from work or studying to view a festive display of handmade Christmas cards, which will be on display Dec. 1 through Jan. 13 at the front of Thomas Cooper Library during regular hours of operation. This year’s collection includes presidential cards donated by Liz Patterson, a former South Carolina congresswoman.

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