January 03, 2007

Bucknell women's basketball team with food collected at the annual holiday luncheon.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual holiday tradition of giving to the local community continued this season with several gifts.

Bucknell's annual Giving Tree tradition collected 1,150 gifts from students, faculty and staff worth $15,000 for 552 local community members in need. Gifts were distributed through 13 agencies, including Union County Community Services Center, CMSU, CONCERN, Children's Choice, Danville State Hospital, Essex Place, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Rolling Hills Manor, Milton YMCA, Haven Ministries, Riverwoods, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, and the Salvation Army.

A total of $730 and an abundance of canned goods were collected during the annual holiday staff luncheon in December. The donations were given to the Community Harvest program which provides a meal each Monday at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Milton.

According to Amy Badal, assistant dean of students at Bucknell, the university has contributed to the Community Harvest program in other ways. Bucknell sophomore Emily Haley and Kata Katanich-Burt, coordinator of volunteer services, used some of the funds collected at the holiday luncheon to purchase canned goods and staples. Because the meal was not held Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, these foodstuffs were distributed to people who usually attend the Community Harvest weekly meal. Members of the women's basketball team helped distribute the food and assisted with the Dec. 18 meal.
For more information about these gifts, contact Badal at 577-1638, or Burt at 577-1292.

Posted Jan. 3, 2007