The Seton Hall campus seems to shine even brighter each December. Named the best college in the nation for Christmas, the University hosts a variety of events designed to spread holiday cheer among the community. But it’s also the time of year that Seton Hall unites in the spirit of Christmas to give back to those less fortunate.
The University’s annual 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness is not just a tradition of giving started here at Seton Hall, but part of a wider movement of servant leadership gaining ground across America. The campaign encourages those in the Seton Hall community to perform 12 acts of kindness throughout the holiday season. These acts can range from donating to your local shelter, to simply going out of your way to make someone smile. As you perform these acts, help inspire others by sharing your Christmas Kindness stories and photos on social media using #ChristmasKindness and #HallChristmas.
You can participate beginning Giving Tuesday, November 28, by contributing to the University’s Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE). The Campus Ministry group raises awareness of social injustice by providing opportunities for the Seton Hall community to serve others – enabling us to live as Christ taught by putting our faith into action. These opportunities include service trips to Haiti and El Salvador, food drives, toy drives and carnivals for the disabled.
Here are a few more examples of simple ways you can give of your heart this Christmas – some of which you can perform right here on campus. Feel free to do any of these or to come up with your own:
- Donate to, or volunteer for, DOVE’s toy and food drives
- Purchase a pair of socks for the homeless and support Seton Hall student Jeremy Garriga's initiative, Soxcess
- Write your mom and dad a thank you note for all they have done for you
- Send Christmas cards to soldiers overseas through the Red Cross
- Donate blood
- Volunteer at your local homeless shelter
- Pick up trash you see in the street
- Help an elderly person or a parent with small children load their groceries into their car
- Bring a cup of coffee for the local gas station attendant
- Pay the toll for the car behind you on the highway
- Walk the dogs at a local animal shelter (and pet the kitties)
The 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness initiative began in 2013 when Hillary Sadlon, a former Seton Hall nursing student, performed 21 random acts of kindness to celebrate her 21st birthday. Her dedication to helping others inspired the Seton Hall community to perform selfless acts during the holiday season in honor of the birth of Christ. Every year since then, students have followed in her footsteps, making strides towards changing people's lives for the better.