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, and this year, student groups, faculty and staff have once again demonstrated compassion and generosity by “granting wishes” for local families in need.
Raising more than $7,000, Project participants were able to distribute the funds in the form of gifts to local families at Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Safe Harbors, and Geneva Head Start.
Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, says, “It is inspiring, but not surprising, to see HWS students, staff and faculty support local families through donations to the annual Holiday Gift Project. During these challenging economic times, our community partners are so appreciative of the generosity displayed.”
“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.
In the photo above, Chi Phi Brother Gary Anthony ’10 packs holiday donations for families in Geneva at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.