University's Needy Children Program

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Wildcat Chat Newsletter - "University's Needy Children Program Celebrates 25 Years of Giving Back"

This December, the University’s Needy Children Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Created by Chico State staff member Patty Darr in the 80s as an individual project, UNCP was handed over to staff member and Staff Council representative Patsy Dodd in 1990, when the program grew into a campus-wide annual event. Each year since, the Needy Children Program has grown and bloomed under the partnership between Butte Council Children’s Services and Staff Council.  

In November, profiles of local families in need are sent to the Service Projects Chair. University departments complete family request forms to “adopt” a family. Departments then shop, purchase, and wrap Christmas gifts for each child in their adopted family, which can sometimes number up to eight! After delivering to a distribution site, county social workers pick up the gifts and distribute them to the families. In 2014, 71 local families and 151 children were given a Christmas they would not have otherwise had. 

Family request forms will be accepted by Staff Council service projects chair, Cindy Kelly, through Friday, November 6. Once collected, family profiles will be distributed to departments the week of November 16. To celebrate UNCP’s 25th anniversary, a reception inviting the campus community will be held the evening of Wednesday, December 9. Live music, drawings, and delicious refreshments will be part of the reception. Details will be sent to campus announcements as they emerge.

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