CSU, Chico News

University Needy Children Holiday Program Packages Joy

Date: 12-11-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Dana Francis
Staff Council

The University’s Needy Children Program, started in the mid 1980s and now conducted under California State University, Chico Staff Council leadership, has completed its gift collection for this year. More than 176 children in 81 families will receive gifts as a result of the program.

Social workers make suggestions of the families most in need and then pick up and deliver the gifts to the families. In addition to gifts for every child in the family, the family receives a gift certificate that they can use for food.

The Staff Council begins fund-raising early in the fall to provide money for the gift certificates. Campus departments, a total of 70 this year, adopt families and buy gifts for the children.

“Even in these economic hard times, the campus pulled through again with generous donations,” said Dana Francis, chair of the event. “When I was growing up, I never wanted for gifts or food, so it touches my heart to be able to give to children who are in need. I especially like that most every department supplies things like warm coats and pajamas. It is a wonderful program.”