CSU, Chico News

Holiday Brightened by Needy Children Program

Date: 12-09-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The California State University, Chico campus community is once again gathering gifts for families in need during the holiday season.

The Needy Children Program, started in the mid-1980s, is conducted by CSU, Chico’s Staff Council to help underprivileged children in Butte County. This year, 71 families and 151 children will receive toys as well as clothing and other essentials based on donations from campus community members.

The Staff Council Service Projects Committee works with the Children's Services Division of Butte County's Department of Social Services to identify the names of children in need. The county social workers also provide wish lists from the children and information about other needs to help employees shop for them.

A reception to celebrate this year’s program will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10, for faculty, staff, students and social workers at the University Farm from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gifts for the families are distributed to the social workers this week.

Along with overseeing the gift purchases for children, Staff Council also raised $2,640 from raffles along with other campus donations to buy grocery gift cards for needy families.

The Service Projects Committee chair this year is Erin Tarabini. She said past committee chair Dana Francis, Staff Council chair Annette Heileson and Staff Council office manager Melanie O’Connor have played a big part making the Needy Children Program successful once again.

“It’s been an excellent year,” said Tarabini. “We’ve had a great response from both the campus and the community. Not only have a lot of gifts been bought for children, but we’ve been able to raise a lot of money for grocery gift cards.”

For more information about projects and activities of Staff Council, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/stac/index.shtml.