University's Needy Children Program
University's Needy Children Program 2015
Making Spirits Bright for 25 Years
The University Farm pavilion can be downright freezing on any given blustery winter day. But every second week of December for the last 25 years, the pavilion is filled with nothing but light, smiles, and warmth. It was in that very pavilion last week that presents and donations from 65 campus departments and community groups were delivered to that once-cold building to make the season bright for the local recipients of the University’s Needy Children Program. Chico State staff member Scott Taylor and his amazing colleagues at Facilities Management and Services made better than Santa and his reindeer as they delivered carload upon carload of gifts from the University to the farm. Staff volunteers piled the many tables high with brightly wrapped gifts for the children, who otherwise would not have had a Christmas. When they left, the tables groaned under the weight of big-heartedness.
Not only were the children provided for, but gifts for their parents were also included, to the pleasant surprise of the families’ social workers. Each year, they continue to be amazed at the generosity of the campus and community. The social workers from Butte County Children’s Services recommended families from their individual caseloads that they knew were receiving no other type of aid this holiday season.
As part of the 25 year anniversary celebration, Staff Council hosted a reception with music, refreshments, a viewing of the gifts, a raffle, and recognition of familiar University faces who kept this program running for all that time.
This year alone, Staff Council raised $4,032 in a raffle chock full of fantastic prizes donated from generous community businesses. These monies, along with individual donations, were used to purchase grocery gift cards, which were then distributed to each of the families, along with their gifts. The total money raised for gift cards over that 25 years reaches upwards of a staggering $90,000! With nearly 1,830 families in Butte County adopted by UNCP participants over that quarter century, over 4,700 children have benefitted from the spirit of giving.
A special thank you to all of our campus staff, faculty, students, administration,departments, community contributors,
and Butte County Children's Services for another successful year of bringing joy to local children and their families!