For the Cumberland Times-News
MCHENRY — In the true spirit of giving, the Garrett College community rallied to create and donate wreaths to be auctioned during the 2012 Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser to benefit the Dove Center, Garrett County’s re-source for domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Though it is a busy time of year on the college campus, many department staff members and students made the time to meet the need. “As the holidays approach, everyone has more to do than usual,” said Ann Wellham, dean of marketing and enrollment management.
“At Garrett College we are preparing for the beginning of final exams and the end of the semester. Because the college was closed for a week during the recent storms, everyone is scrambling to catch up. But in the midst of chaos, time was set aside to decorate these wreaths,” Wellham said.
Some staff members said they had been reluctant to commit to making wreaths because they were afraid they would not be able to get them done. “It was a struggle at first for some to find the time to allocate to the project. But once they actually got started talking about their ideas for decoration themes and getting materials together, everyone really got into the spirit and said they had a great time working on their projects,” Wellham said.
Sparked by creative energy, the wreath decorators followed themes that ranged from traditional to unique. On campus, a competition was held to select the top contenders in the student category and the staff/faculty category. In all, 24 wreaths were made and donated for auction at the festival.
The Festival of Trees is slated for Friday and Saturday at the Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. More information on the festival is available at www.fotgc.com.