Generosity of SUNY Orange Students, Faculty and Staff Will Make Holidays More Special for Those in Need

PHOTO: presents donated by SUNY students, faculty and staffMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of students, faculty and staff at SUNY Orange, this holiday season will be a bit more special for needy families in Orange County who will receive a bounty of gifts donated as part of the College’s fifth annual “Adopt a Family” gift drive.

In all, the College sponsored 72 families, comprising 259 individuals, collaborating with Family Empowerment of Middletown, the Truman Moon School (Middletown), the Glen Hines Boys & Girls Club (Newburgh), Teenage Services Act [TASA] (Newburgh and Middletown) and the Liberty Partnership Program (Newburgh and Middletown). Additionally, six SUNY Orange students and one former College employee were nominated and selected to receive gifts. A year ago, the College “adopted” 67 families.

This is the fifth year that the College has sponsored a holiday campaign to assist in providing a special holiday for local families, and the outpouring of support continues to impress organizers of the drive.

“The support we’ve had this year has once again been amazing. Nearly every office or department on campus participated. Our student clubs were very active again this year and the Student Senate really stepped up,” said Eileen Callahan, chair of the organizing committee. “It’s wonderful to see the campus community give so generously to make this a truly special holiday for those who may be less fortunate.”

PHOTO: Family Empowerment personnel collect giftsRepresentatives from the local organizations were on campus Tuesday (Dec. 11) to collect the gifts, which included toys, clothes, bikes, books, games, non-perishable foods and an array of other items.

At left, representatives from Family Empowerment in Middletown collect holiday presents at SUNY Orange. The agency identified nearly 20 underprivileged families that were “adopted” by the College’s students, faculty and staff.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940