The Law School Celebrates the Holiday Season with the Durham Community

December 14, 2007Duke Law News

As the semester wrapped up and exams were completed, Law School faculty, staff, and students spread holiday cheer to members of the Durham community.

On Dec. 12, the Law School hosted the sixth annual Children's Hospital Holiday Party. Over 25 Law School faculty, staff, and students participated in the “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” themed celebration. Patients and families enjoyed art & crafts tables, game stations, carols, and a special visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The party is organized each year by the Office of Student Affairs along with volunteers from all Law departments.

It was also another successful year for the annual Project Share Program. During the holiday season, the Law School shares the holidays with the Durham community by sponsoring families in need through Durham County Social Services. After collecting donations, volunteers purchase and wrap gifts on the families’ wish lists and deliver to them in time for the holidays.

Over the past seven years, Project Share has raised a total of over $28,000 through the donations of Law School faculty, staff, and students, making the holidays brighter for more than 570 disadvantaged residents of Durham. This year the Law School was able to sponsor 10 families for a total of 39 Durham community members.

The Law School is matched with families through “Share your Christmas”, a program in its 32nd year organized by Durham County Department of Social Services, along with the Volunteer Center of Durham, and the Herald-Sun Newspaper. Last year the program provided over 4,400 Durham residents with gifts.
Law School staff members Balfour Smith (Santa), Nancy Cheek (Mrs. Claus), and Karyn Ridder at the Children's Hospital Holiday Party