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Keuka College’s Angel Tree Project Brightens Local Holidays


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The College's annual Angel Tree Project helps provide gifts to children and families in need. (Photo by Giorgio Varlaro)

Members of the Keuka College family added a few names to their collective gift list this holiday season by taking part in the annual Angel Tree Project, a community service staple and College favorite since 1996. 

Their efforts will help brighten the holidays for dozens of local families.

“The program is for people who do not have the ability to purchase gifts for their children during the holiday season,” says Kathy Waye, director of community relations and events. “This a way to celebrate the holiday season and also give back to the community.”

The project was spearheaded by the College’s Community Service Advocates, Sigma Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and the Office of Community Relations and Events. The groups were able to collect clothing, toys, and books for nearly 40 children in the Yates County area, with donations totaling more than $8,400.

The project involves students, faculty, staff, and alumni selecting one or more paper angels from campus Angel Trees. The angels contain a child’s age, gender, and small wish list to help guide the gift-giving. The gifts were then wrapped and delivered to children and their parents at the Child & Family Resource Center in Penn Yan earlier this month. 

“The smiles on the children’s faces make everything worthwhile!” says Ms. Waye. “Thank you for making this holiday season special for so many local families.” 

The Angel Tree Project is one of several community service collaborations in which the College community is involved throughout the year. Other projects include Make a Difference Day, the Easter Basket Project, and Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates.

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