University's Needy Children Program
University's Needy Children Program 2016
Making Spirits Bright for More Than 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 plus years, the pavilion is filled with nothing but light, smiles, and warmth. The campus community, with assistance from Butte County Children's Services Division and other community entities come together each year to ensure that dozens of local children receive gifts to brighten and enhance their Christmas season experience.
Last year, Staff Council raised $4,032 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 the last 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.
The tradition continues this year as Staff Council's Service Projects Committee launches their UNCP program for the 26th time! Project coordinator, Cindy Kelly and her committee members are busy gathering raffle prizes from our generous local business owners to use for their yearly raffle. The raffle, which will run from October 11th-November 4th this year, generates money used to purchase a grocery gift card for each family participating in UNCP. Campus members can purchase raffle tickets from Staff Council members starting at $1 each. The drawing will be held at the November 8th Staff Council meeting.
Currently, Cindy and Butte County Children's Services are coordinating children and their families to ready them for "adoption" by campus personnel and departments. Beginning the week of October 4th, offices, departments, and campus individuals can submit requests to sponsor a child/family for the holiday season! Child/family information will be sent to sponsors the week of November 7th. This will allow gift shopping to be done over the Thanksgiving holiday break. All wrapped presents will collected or delivered to the University farm on December 7th. That same evening a celebratory reception will be held at 5:00pm-6:00pm, with the generosity of hundreds on display, seasonal music, live entertainment, and light refreshments being served.
Chico State Staff Council's University's Needy Children Program is truly the star of light on top of the holiday season.