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Employees share in season of giving

In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, staff and faculty sponsor several projects to help others.

The classified personnel advisory committee (CPAC) is in its tenth year providing gifts to children in Butler County's Parachute program and estimates that approximately 600 children have been helped in that time. Parachute assists children who are in the Butler County legal system because of abuse, neglect and dependency. It is part of CASA, a national group that provides court appointed special advocates for children. CPAC members solicited tax-deductible donations through Dec. 9 and met this week to shop for the gifts and wrap them.

IT services started an “adopt a family” program in 1991, and has continued it even after staffers split into different buildings. Valerie Garnett in Gaskill Hall, master senior clerical assistant, has coordinated the program for most of those years; Lynda Knowles, master administrative assistant, took on Hoyt Hall efforts six years ago.

“After Thanksgiving, we decide how many families we can help,” said Garnett. This year Gaskill is adopting three families and Hoyt is adopting two. The families are referred by area charitable organizations and asked what items might be desired. Garnett and Knowles then decorate trees with tags listing the items and staffers can choose to purchase the item or contribute money. “They always go beyond what's asked for,” said Knowles of staffers.

At Western College, senior program assistant Leta Roberson sends an e-mail to faculty and staff asking for donations, and a cash gift is presented to the Oxford Family Resource Center. Collection boxes for canned goods also are set up in Peabody. “We always have excellent participation,” said Roberson, for the program that's in its third year.

Canned goods collected at the Shriver Center bookstore also will be given to the Oxford Family Resource Center. Through tomorrow, each person who donates two cans will receive an entry form to win an iPod Nano. The collection and giveaway, sponsored by the bookstore and Apple Computer, is in its second year. “Last year we donated 1,500 pounds of food,” said Larry Fields, computer department assistant manager.

Other efforts include a holiday bazaar at Miami Middletown Dec. 2 and 3. The event was sponsored by C.I.V.I.C. (Campus Involved Volunteers in the Community) and proceeds benefited the “Feed the Hungry” project.

Date Published: 12/15/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 19

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