Western University of Health Sciences has caught the holiday bug, but

won’t be trying to cure itself anytime soon.

The campus, for the 14th year, is playing host to Santa’s Workshop, an

annual event designed to bring the spirit of the holidays to more than

120 Inland Empire children.

Tonii Lawrence, director of university student relations, says the event

is a chance for all involved to look beyond their differences and work

together for the good of the children, many of whom would not have much

to celebrate without Santa’s Workshop.

”Santa’s Workshop is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and

administrators to come together with the spirit of giving, to give joy to

young children and to have fun doing it!”Lawrence said.

Santa’s Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Los Angeles County

Department of Children and Family Services. The event will be held in

Student Commons on the Western University campus on Saturday, December 6

from 3 to 6 p.m.

Children attending will take part in crafts, caroling, Christmas tree

decorating and a traditional holiday dinner. University students will

enact a holiday-themed skit and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will

arrive to distribute gifts.

The university places an emphasis on humanitarianism in its curricula and

in that tradition, a majority of the university’s clubs and organizations

sponsor and support Santa’s Workshop to continue their devotion to

community service.