CSU students will deliver Christmas "grams"

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 6, 2013 

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerStudents from the Columbus State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries at a brief rehearsal Thursday afternoon. They are Jessica Smith, from left, CJ Repass, Justin Caffee, Drew Nelson, Carter Barrow, Ryan Farmer, Tray Halaway, and Heather Franklin.

  • What: Christmas Grams, carolers from the Columbus State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries

    When: 1-6 p.m. Dec. 18-21

    Where: Wherever you want the carolers

    Fee: $25

    Information: 706-563-2089

The Columbus State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries is offering Christmas grams between 1-6 p.m. Dec. 18-21, sending groups of four-to-six students to sing carols all over Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Benning.

The BCM has been doing Valentine's grams for about 30 years, but this will be the first for Christmas.

A student came up with the idea, said Tony Gray, the director and campus Baptist minister.

The money raised from this effort and the Valentine's grams go toward a fund that allows students to go on summer missions, he said. It will cost $25 per Christmas gram.

"It's the idea of spreading Christmas cheer and raising student funds," he said. The singers do not come from the Schwob School of Music. "We have a variety of students active in our ministry," Gray said. "They are all CSU students."

Even though the word is just now getting out, he added the Saturday date because of demand.

At each stop, the students will sing four to five carols, ending with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Other carols include "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

"When you call, you can request some special songs," Gray said.

And should you want to tip the singers, the money will go toward the summer mission fund, not the students.

"It's a lot of fun for the students, too," he said.

Gray already has booked trips to a nursing home and a shut-in in her home.

Once time comes around for students to go out to sing, he expects to have at least 15 of them. They will be broken into two teams. One team will sing on Wednesday and Friday and the other on Thursday and Saturday to ease the stress on their voices, he said.

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