SIOUX CITY, IA (KTIV)- For more than 30 years, Briar Cliff University has hosted its “Christmas Party for People with Disabilities.”
130 members of the community came to the college to get in the holiday spirit.
Tis the season to be jolly, which appears to be true at Briar Cliff University’s annual Christmas party for adults with disabilities.
The party is made possible because of the serving hearts of students.
“Coming from all sports, all clubs, everybody is here because they want to be here and kind of be a part of this experience and make it a fun time for the people we are putting it on for,” says Nate Frankman, Student Volunteer.
Christmas gifts are given to each person — and they are not just any gifts.
The students buy them with their own money.
“You originally get this name and the gift that they want to receive, and so you go out to the story and you buy it, and just kind of look at it and wrap their gift and get to see them open it, I know that person wanted Mickey Mouse and there they are and you can see their reaction and all the work you put into it it just brings a smile to your face,” says Abby Brinkman, Student Volunteer.
A meal, Christmas caroling, and even Santa Claus made the occasion festive.
“For some of them this is their only Christmas they may not have a family, some of them tell us that and they look forward to this,” says Sister Janet May, Director of Campus Ministry of Briar Cliff University.
“I think the special thing is everybody is here for something bigger than themselves so we’re out here serving as teams and whatever it may be but we’re not doing it for us obviously we’re out here and it’s like the cool thing to do is to serve, says Frankman.
There were plenty of smiles to go around on this campus.
“You just see the purity of life and the true happiness that they get when they open their presents and it’s so cool just to know that they’re here enjoying they’re Christmas with us, it’s just really fun,” says Frankmann.
This Christmas party will be back next year, to keep the Christmas spirit alive, well into the future.