Transylvania’s community gearing up to provide a Crimson Christmas for area children

Transylvania University’s Crimson Christmas will bring the joy of the holidays to 50 children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass this December.

The 27th annual event—which will include a visit by Santa Claus, gifts, stockings and more—is rooted in a tradition and culture of community outreach and giving at Transy. This year’s event is scheduled for Dec. 1. 

Fundraising events are already underway around campus in and the community.  Last week, Dine to Donate at Doodles restaurant raised money for the event. Another opportunity to contribute will be during a Dine to Donate event at Third Street Stuff & Coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. A percentage of proceeds will go toward Crimson Christmas if you mention the event.

Crimson Christmas has grown exponentially over the years, and it is a favorite of many faculty, staff and students. For instance, each year student resident advisers volunteer to wrap gifts, transform the Campus Center Gym into a winter wonderland and serve as buddies for the children who participate in the carnival.

“Crimson Christmas is a day guaranteed to bring a smile to your face,” said Ashley Hill, director of student wellbeing and a longtime participant. “The excitement of the children when Santa appears is my favorite part of the day, and I love the positive energy radiating from every person who attends.”

In addition to the Transylvania community, the public can participate in Crimson Christmas through monetary or in-kind donations, such as light snacks, drinks, etc. Money raised will buy gifts and stockings for the children. To donate, go here or contact Madelyn Frost at 859‑233‑8886 to help children and families from across Lexington have a magical holiday season

“The entire Transy community comes together in a beautiful way to spread holiday magic, and this event restores my faith in humanity every year,” Hill said.

Crimson Christmas is organized by Transylvania’s Offices of Residence Life, Campus and Community Engagement, and Student Wellbeing.