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Dial-A-Carol is a student-run holiday program at the University of Illinois. Each year the students of Snyder Hall, a University Housing residence hall, host the holiday program Dial-A-Carol. Dial-A-Carol was started in December 1960 by Betty Gordon, an area office secretary, and the residents of Snyder Hall who wanted to spread some holiday cheer around campus.
The idea behind the program is quite simple. Anyone from anywhere can call us and request a holiday tune to be played over the telephone, or a person may send a request to a friend anywhere in the United States. Volunteers also sing to every 5th caller! Our program runs 24 hours a day for seven days and is held each year during finals week of the first semester. Last year our program logged 3,000 calls from all over the world.
This program is possible because of many volunteers who sacrifice their study time for finals in order to help us. We pride ourselves in a being a community service program and enjoy many calls from children as well as university students, faculty members, and alumni.
This year the program will celebrate its 52nd season and will be held from 12:01 AM on December 13, 2012 until 11:59 PM on December 19, 2012. Our telephone number during the week is (217) 332-1882. We look forward to receiving a call from you!
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