NVCC students unraveled lights, unpacked bulbs from boxes, and laid out strands of golden garland last week in the College’s Prism Lounge to trim a tree that will provide aesthetic cheer during this holiday season. Shortly after the decorations were hung, 75 tags bearing wishes from children joined the trimmings on the tree. Working in coordination with the Greater Waterbury division of the Salvation Army, Karen Blake, Director of Student Activities, and members of the Student Government Association (SGA) transformed the tree from being a mere object of beauty to a meaningful way for the College to give back. In four easy steps, staff, faculty, and students can use the tags to make a child’s wishes come true: participants can select the bottom of any tag from the “giving tree,” purchase an appropriate gift, fasten the tag to the gift, and bring both back by Tuesday, December 13. The Salvation Army will then distribute gifts to families of children in need. Children’s requests this year range from nail polish to basketballs to “My Little Pet Shop” playsets. In addition to the giving tree, NVCC is involved in a winter clothing drive led by student organizations Phi Theta Kappa and the Human Services Club. The drive will collect gently used coats, hats, mittens, and scarves for local non-denominational organization, Acts 4 who supports the needs of families and individuals in financial distress. Anyone with donations for the drive can drop them in the red bins placed near the elevators around campus.