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11/21/2006 Linfield fraternity hosts 12 Days of Christmas

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College fraternity brothers will collect donations for local charities when they kick off the Theta Chi 12 Days of Christmas Nov. 27 through Dec. 8 at the college.

Theta Chi fraternity brothers will be on hand around the clock during the 12-day period to serve refreshments and accept donations from a recreational vehicle parked near Dillin Hall. Sodexho, Inc., the Linfield food service contractor, is donating refreshments.

Each of the 12 days will focus on a different category of giving, but donations of any kind can be made at any time, said junior Ryan Smith, who is coordinating the event along with junior Nabil Zerizef. In addition to financial contributions, the 40-member fraternity will collect items such as food, clothing, toys, school supplies and sports equipment. Proceeds will benefit Kids on the Block, Salvation Army, Oregon Health and Science University and the Food Bank.

Assisting local organizations was a priority for fraternity members.

"There are many people who need help right here in our community," said Zerizef. "We want to provide directly for those who live among us."

Theta Chi has more than 150 chapters across the nation. It has been on the Linfield campus for over 70 years.

For more information about the Theta Chi 12 Days of Christmas, contact Smith at rysmith@linfield.edu or 425-210-3550 or Zerizef at nzerize@linfield.edu.