Santa’s Gift Bag
Every year as the holidays approach, Mansfield University, under the leadership of the United Campus Ministry office, facilitates a program called Santa's Gift Bag. Through this program, we offer assistance to local families who need help providing Christmas gifts for their child (or children). After receiving a letter from our office, these families provide us with information to pass on to sponsors who shop for presents for the children. With the assistance of community members and our local Mansfield Fire Department, the gifts are packed and ready for pick-up several days before Christmas.
Gifts were provided for 190 children, ranging in age from newborn -18. These 190 children were from 67 families. All of the children are students at a Mansfield school (Mansfield High, Miller Elementary, New Covenant Academy), a member of an area day care center, or a sibling of one of the above.
Gifts were provided for 98 Females and 92 Males.
age breakdown of the gift recipients was:
Ages: 0-4: 36 gift recipients
5-9: 67 gift recipients
10-13: 55 gift recipients
14-18: 32 gift recipients
None of this would have been possible without our wonderful SPONSORS and generous COMMUNITY SUPPORT!
Our sponsors came from both the university and the community. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and businesses were all sponsors.
Below is a breakdown of those who helped sponsor a child, children, family or families this year.
24 individual students sponsored children.
17 student organizations sponsored one or more children.
3 sports teams were sponsors.
1 Residence Hall sponsored children.
We estimate that a minimum of 300 MU students participated this year.
20 individual faculty and staff helped, with many taking 2 or more kids.
5 Departments helped by sponsoring children.
We estimate that over 60 faculty and staff participated.
We had help from several other areas at Mansfield University: President Hendricks and his Administrative Cabinet transported gifts to the fire hall and packed children's bags. Mansfield University Student Life helped by packing children's bags.
We received generous monetary donations from Terry Day, North Hall Employees (Thanks to Jamey Harris for organizing that effort!) and the MU Men's and Women's Basketball Game attendees (Thanks to Steve McCloskey for coordinating that!).
Members of the Mansfield Chapter of Kiwanis not only sponsored children, but once again helped us transport gifts to the fire hall and pack children's gift bags. Stepping Stones Preschool helped us by sponsoring over a dozen children. Indigo Wireless in Wellsboro sponsored children. Holy Child Catholic Church and Church of the New Covenant supported us by sponsoring families for their Wishing Trees. Laurel Doll Club, Beiter's and Wal-Mart gave us generous monetary donations.
A Special Thanks goes out to:
-North Penn-Mansfield High School, Warren L. Miller Elementary School, New Covenant Academy and the area day cares for helping us get letters out to families and in some cases, collecting letters for us too.
-Colleen Devine and everyone at the MU Post Office for coordinating a wrapping paper and gift supplies drive and for helping us transport gifts to the fire hall.
-The Community Churches in Mansfield who make and fill a stocking for each child. Thanks to Carol Wooley for coordinating this effort!
-Partners in Progress who provide hats and gloves for each child. Thanks to Irene Morgan and Mary Aumick for leading this effort!
-The Mansfield Volunteer Fire Association who allow us to use the fire hall for several days. Special thanks to Deb Freeman.
-Joe and Maryann Maresco for all the support they provide year after year.
-and last, but certainly not least, thanks to Allison Fehlinger, my amazing and wonderful student worker! Without her help, SGB would not have come together so smoothly or been so organized!
THANK YOU to every single person who helped, whether big or small!
This program would not be possible without the help we receive from each and every one of you!!!
Thanks again for making Santa's Gift Bag 2015 such a success!
Santa's Gift Bag Coordinator and Campus Minister at Mansfield University