Each holiday season, the HWS community reaches out through the Holiday Gift Project to Geneva families who are in need of additional support to celebrate the holidays. This year, student groups, faculty and staff have once again demonstrated compassion and generosity by “granting wishes” for local families in need.
Katie Flowers, associate director of The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, notes that 25 families (76 people) and 50 individuals have been sponsored to date. However, 24 individuals remain on the list.
“This is a great way to give back to the community and to brighten a family’s holiday season. We are supplying families with fun things for the holidays, as well as everyday things they may need,” says Heather Cosgrove ’10, this year’s chair of the Holiday Gift Project.
CCESL has also received a request for mittens/books for 3- and 4-year-olds served through Geneva Head Start.
If you are interested in sponsoring a family or an individual this year, please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 3825 for information about a family’s “wish list” and sizing information. Unwrapped gifts for sponsored families should be delivered to CCESL by Thursday, Dec. 10.
Cash donations are also accepted. Cosgrove will lead her peer Civic Leaders in purchasing gifts for unsponsored families. Cash donations should be dropped off to CCESL by Thursday, Dec. 3.