December 14, 2005

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Beth Skubak '09 adds a gift to the mountain of donations by students and staff.

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The annual Giving Tree tradition at Bucknell means that hundreds of individuals in local communities who would not normally be getting holiday gifts this season will.

According to Amy Badal, assistant dean of students, 657 individuals will receive more than 1,500 gifts donated by students, faculty and staff through the 2005 Giving Tree program. Those gifts carry a cash value of more than $23,000.

"Our students and the Bucknell community have done an outstanding job in helping to brighten someone's holiday," said Badal of this year's effort. "Giving Tree embodies the community's spirit of generosity."

Each November, a Giving Tree in the Elaine Langone Center is draped in paper snowflakes, each one bearing the name, age, gender, and wanted gift. Participants pick a snowflake and then buy and wrap the appropriate gift or gifts.

The gifts are collected by the Office of the Deans of Students. This year, the donated gifts are being distributed in the surrounding communities by 14 local agencies, including Haven Ministries, Rolling Hills Manor, Milton YMCA, Sunbury YMCA, Salvation Army, Children's Choice, and Milton Developmental Services.

Story posted on Dec. 14, 2005


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