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LHU Community Service Office staff with the truck filled with items from the Adopt a Family program. Photo provided

The Lock Haven University Community Service Staff aimed to bring some holiday cheer to local families by inviting the LHU community to donate gifts for children in the Adopt A Family initiative, held in partnership with the Salvation Army in Lock Haven. This year, the program was able to provide 52 local families – 17 more than in 2018 – including 112 children, with an abundance of gifts.

Without the campus support, many of these children would have had a less fortunate holiday.

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LHU students carrying bags of gifts donated to the Adopt a Family program. Photo provided

The gifts were donated between November 1 and December 6. Volunteers were provided with a wish list of items the children had requested and then dropped off the donated gifts to the LHU Community Service Office.

In conjunction with the Adopt a Family project, a gift-wrapping party was held to wrap the donated items prior to being delivered to the Salvation Army. A total of 187 students – more than three times as many than in 2018 – from clubs, athletic teams, organizations and individuals, volunteered to wrap the presents.

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The truck full of items to be sent to the Lock Haven Salvation Army for distribution. Photo provided

The average estimated dollar amount spent was $150 per child and an estimated total of $16,800 in monetary donations were collected.

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