BCU students, staff host annual Christmas party for those with special needs

"Santa Claus," a.k.a. director of campus security Marty Pottebaum, makes an appearance to hand out gifts at BCU's student Christmas Party for People with Disabilities.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University hosted its annual “Christmas Party for People with Disabilities,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Saint Francis Center on campus.

During the event — a long-standing tradition spanning decades at Briar Cliff — students, faculty and staff teamed up to throw a holiday party for special needs residents from Mid-Step Services, Opportunities Unlimited and The Pride Group in Sioux City. They treated the residents to a special holiday lunch, a festive sing-a-long with the Cliff Singers, and gifts donated by the Briar Cliff community that matched the guests' special wish lists.

Not only did more than 70 BCU students volunteer their time to set up, serve, perform and clean up after the event — many of them also donated lunches out of their own meal plans to help the cause.

"It's been a wonderful experience for us to be involved in service and to meet these wonderful people and build relationships with them," Sr. Janet May, director of campus ministry, said to KTIV television.

Added student Kaitlin Pauls: "It's just a really good opportunity to give back to the community because they give so much to us."

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