Murray State College Veterinary Technology Santa Night set for December 7 at Fair Barn
than 10 years, students in Murray State College’s veterinary technology program
have hosted a Santa Night for children of Johnston County. What began as a
“pictures with your pets” holiday event has morphed into one of the area’s most
beloved holiday traditions, attracting both children and their parents.
year’s Santa Night will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:30-7:30
p.m. at the Johnston County Fair Barn in Tishomingo. On Santa Night, every
child age 10 and under receives a gift from and a photo with Santa. The festive
event features games, caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate for everyone
attending. Preparation for the event includes extensive coordination with the North
Pole to arrange transportation to Tishomingo for Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“This is simply one of the most well-organized and important
community-service events sponsored by Murray State College. The
veterinary technology program’s faculty and students raise money for and
participate in this project with joy in their hearts and love for these kids.
It truly is amazing,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.
In addition to the hard work from veterinary technology
students, faculty and staff, partnerships and community support help fund the
event. Students hold fundraisers, and community organizations and individuals
contribute to help offset the cost. Thanks to generous donations in the
past, organizers have been able to provide extra help when they see need within
a specific family. One year, an entire Christmas was donated to a family
including gifts, food, and a decorated tree. Another year, a child found a
bicycle under his tree after a hard year for his family.
“This event is one of my favorite events, and we hope others in
the community will help us make it a wonderful evening again this year for
children in Johnston County,” MSC Instructor Debbie Reed said.
Contact Debbie Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or
580-387-7521 to make a Santa Night donation or for more information on the