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Susquehanna Students Show Holiday Spirit

SELINSGROVE—Students at Susquehanna University are embracing the spirit of the holiday season with a flurry of charitable activities intended to help the less fortunate.

Pennies for Peace: Nov. 30–Dec. 4
Students collected pennies on behalf of Pennies for Peace, a nonprofit organization that builds schools for girls in troubled regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. More information is available at www.penniesforpeace.org or www.ikat.org .

Fair Trade Festival: Dec. 2–5
Students managed a marketplace in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center offering fair-trade chocolate, coffee and handmade merchandise from around the world to benefit global artisans. Shoppers also could give gifts of donations to charitable organizations such as Heiffer International and Church World Services Best Gift. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu/news/30391.asp .

Adopt-A-Family at SVWIT: Through Dec. 10
SU student Ashley Melton, an intern at Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition (SVWIT), is rallying students and staff members to pick a family’s name off the tree SVWIT set up in the Student Life suite in Degenstein Campus Center. Sponsors then fulfill the family’s wish list for the holidays. New hats, scarves and mittens also are being collected at the site of the tree. Staff members of The Crusader, the student newspaper, decided to use the prize money they won for their float in the SU homecoming parade to sponsor two families through SVWIT. To learn more about SVWIT, visit www.svwit.org .

Clothing Drive: Through Dec. 11
SU senior Holly Moncavage has teamed up with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit to collect gently used clothing for area migrant workers and their families. Men's, women's and children's clothing for any season and in all sizes is being accepted, as are shoes and blankets. Coats, especially, are needed. Clothes should be clean and in fair condition. Donations can be dropped into collection boxes in Hassinger, Shobert, Reed and West Halls; the Center for Civic Engagement; and at the language department lounge across from Room 214 in Bogar Hall. Monocavage also will pick up donations from those who can’t get to a campus drop-off location; contact her at moncavage@susqu.edu.

Food collection: Through Dec. 12
The SU Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring its annual holiday food drive for local food pantries. Collection bins for nonperishable items are located at various campus locations, including Weber Chapel, Mellon Lounge, the James W. Garrett Sports Complex and residence halls.

Toys for Tots: Through Dec. 20
Campus radio station WQSU is coordinating a Toys for Tots collection, with drop-off points for new, unwrapped toys at Mellon Lounge, the Garrett Sports Complex lobby, Selinsgrove Hall and the lobby of the station. Toys were collected in lieu of an admission charge to the SU men's basketball game against Misericordia Dec. 9. Monetary donations can be made by check to the "Marines Toys for Tots Foundation" and given to Pat Wendt at either the radio station or the Information Desk in the Degenstein Campus Center. Last year, the local chapter of Toys for Tots made the holidays merrier for more than 4,600 children in Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org or www.susqu.edu/wqsu-fm/whatsnew.html .

Stocking Stuffer Collection: Through Dec. 23
The SU Department of Athletics is collecting stocking stuffers for residents of the Selinsgrove Center, a state residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities. The department welcomes contributions of such items as body wash, adult-size mittens and knit caps, lip balm, cologne and after-shave, body sprays, CDs and DVDs, key rings, wallets and change purses, and combs and brushes. Items can be dropped off at the office of Kathy Kroupa, head women's soccer and softball coach, Room 204 of the Garrett Sports Complex.

Post-Holiday Clothing and Shoe Collection: Jan. 18–28
Business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma will offer an appealing alternative to returning those gifts that don’t fit your physique or your personality. The group will collect appropriate, unwanted gifts—along with gently worn clothing and shoes—for donation to shelters throughout the Susquehanna Valley. Drop-off locations will be announced the week the drive gets underway.


Karen M. Jones



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