Staff Council

Joy of Giving 2019

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(Formerly University's Needy Children Program)

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.

In 2017, Staff Council raised over $2,000 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 $95,000! With over 1,900 families in Butte County adopted by program participants over that quarter century, over 4,800 children have benefited from the spirit of giving.

The tradition continues this year as Staff Council's Service Projects Committee launches their Joy of Giving (formerly UNCP) program for the 28th time!  Project coordinators, Alison Christensen, and Jackie McMillan and their 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 - November this year, generates money used to purchase a grocery gift card for each family participating in Joy of Giving.  Campus members can purchase raffle tickets from Staff Council members starting at $1 each.  The drawing will be held at the President's Open House in December.

Please watch campus announcements for the acceptance of Family Request forms from campus personnel and departments.  Beginning early in October, 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 by November 13th. This will allow gift shopping to be done over the Thanksgiving holiday break.  All wrapped presents will be collected or delivered to the University farm on December 9th.  That same evening a celebratory reception will be held at 5:00pm-6:30pm, with the generosity of hundreds on display, seasonal music, and light refreshments being served.

Chico State Staff Council's Joy of Giving is truly the star of light on top of the holiday season.

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