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Joe Bailey (left) of the Alpha Zeta ag club and Brian Dallam of the Collegiate FFA club discuss their purchases for the ag clubs' recent shopping trip for area children.
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Ag Department Clubs Makes Holidays a Little Brighter

December 13, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – The true spirit of the season is about giving to others, and a group of Western Illinois University students got into that holiday spirit by helping local children in need.

Western agriculture departmentÂ’s 14 student organizations recently met at a local retailer armed with a list of names from an Angel Tree and from the AnitaÂ’s Kids Foundation to shop for less-fortunate area children, according to Brian Dallam, a senior agriculture major from Amboy (IL) and the departmentÂ’s student recruitment coordinator.

“We all decided to meet after our classes Dec. 6 and shop for these kids. Each club took one of the names on the list and fulfilled that child’s wish list,” Dallam said. “We spent more than $600, and we had so much fun shopping for these kids. I heard from many of my classmates how rewarding this was. Rarely do we get to go out with a list and be able to buy everything on it, so to do just that was fantastic.”

More than 20 Western agriculture students from the following clubs participated: Agricultural Council; Agribusiness Club; Agricultural Mechanization Club; Ag-Vocators; Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity; Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity; Alpha Zeta national honorary fraternity; Collegiate FFA; Forestry Club; Hoof-N-Horn; Horticulture Club; Livestock Judging; Sigma Alpha sorority; and WIU Trading Group.

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