Susquehanna Students Giving Gifts With Heart This Season
Published on December 8, 2011
SELINSGROVE—Students at Susquehanna University are fulfilling the school’s mission of service to others with a flurry of charitable activities intended to help the less fortunate during the holiday season.
Feed a Friend
About eight SU athletic teams raised more than $300 for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Feed a Friend drive. Funds went to the HandUp Foundation, which helps provide holiday meals for area families in need.
Toys for Tots
Susquehanna’s radio station, WQSU-FM, is coordinating a Toys for Tots collection through Dec. 20, with drop-off points for new, unwrapped toys at a number of locations on campus. Monetary donations also are being accepted. Last year, the local chapter of Toys for Tots made the holidays merrier for more than 4,500 children in Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties.
Holiday Food Drive
Susquehanna’s Office of the Chaplain is conducting a holiday food drive, with collection boxes at several campus locations. Donations will benefit Haven Ministry, a homeless shelter in Sunbury.
The Giving Tree
Students, faculty and staff consulted a “Giving Tree” to provide toys, clothing and other gifts for about 60 underserved children and families in Selinsgrove. Susquehanna’s Center for Civic Engagement sponsored the holiday tree, hung with gift requests indicating the children's ages, genders, clothing sizes and interests.
Fair Trade Festival
Students managed a marketplace in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center offering fair-trade chocolate, coffee and handmade items to benefit global artisans, including Equal Exchange, Ten Thousand Villages and others. Shoppers could also buy food sources and needed supplies, such as mosquito nets and hygiene kits, in gift recipients’ names through Heifer International and Church World Services to aid families in need around the globe.
Operation Christmas Child
The women's soccer and men's basketball teams filled shoeboxes with gifts to be delivered through Operation Christmas Child, a program that brings the holiday to children in need around the world. This is the third consecutive year that the university’s athletic teams have participated in this event.
Karen M. Jones