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Holiday Project raises $7,000 for area foster children

12/22/2011

Holiday Project volunteers shopped and wrapped almost 2,000 gifts.
More than $7,000 was collected in monetary donations for Miami University's Holiday Project, which benefited 170 foster children in Butler and Preble counties this month.

Anita Sackenheim, chair of the Holiday Project, said at least 60 volunteers shopped for hours picking out the children’s wishes from their lists. Representatives from Miami’s staff, the rowing team, the Oxford Boy Scout Troop 956, The American Heritage Girls and Girl Scout Troop 40657 made up the shopping team. In addition, 35 staff members and students wrapped almost 2,000 gifts for delivery.

The Holiday Project is coordinated by the classified personnel advisory committee (CPAC) and the unclassified personnel advisory committee (UPAC) at Miami. Donations for 2011 included the following:
  • Meijer Inc. made a corporate donation of $3,000.
  • CWCWC (Crazy Women Crafters Who Care) from the university libraries crocheted and knitted 20+ hats, scarves, sweaters and mittens.
  • IT services at Hughes Hall collected money, toys and diapers.
  • The School of Education, Health & Society held a chili cook-off and the student advisory council (SAC) held a bake sale collecting more than $615.
  • University advancement and alumni services held an auction, bake sale and jeans day and collected more than $2,000.
  • The Hamilton campus collected over $200.
  • The Student Health Center gave $258 plus a bag full of children’s books.
  • The Middletown campus dropped off five big boxes of games, diapers and toys and $45.
  • University communications made and donated 40 scarves.
  • The water ski team delivered three boxes of diapers, two boxes of games and toys and about 30 rolls of wrapping paper.
  • The physical facilities department at Cole Service Building collected more than $688.
  • Employees at the Campus Avenue building donated $75, wipes and toys.
  • Employees at Roudebush Hall gave $475 from a rummage and bake sale.
  • Doug Nichols collected about $1,500 worth of toys at the Dollar General Store in Oxford.
  • Community member Marty Meyers donated 150 Hot Wheel cars and 35 rolls of wrapping paper.
  • FirstBook donated 28 cases of children’s books.

“I’m sure there are some I may have omitted,” Sackenheim said, “but I hope that everyone knows that this is a group effort, and I thank them.”

This is the 15th year the Holiday Project, formerly called the Parachute Project, has been a holiday charity organized on campus.

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