Christmas Spirit at Bellarmine Helps Those in Need

Posted: December 20, 2018

Even as studying for final exams was occurring, students took time to join with faculty and staff to make the Christmas season a bit brighter for many in the community.

Working with the nonprofit agency Family Giving Tree, our community helped fulfill 265 gift wishes, generated more than $3,700 funds online (the equivalent of an additional 107 gift wishes granted), and donated more than $3,400 in retail gift cards and monetary contributions.

Students also supported Family Giving Tree in sorting and wrapping donations at their warehouse.

The Family Giving Tree expected to fulfill 80,000 gift wishes during the holiday season for low income youth, teens, and senior citizens. Gifts and donations were also provided to victims of the Camp Fire, including 500 items and Safeway gift cards distributed to many fire survivors in the Town of Paradise.

"It is a pleasure to work with the community at Bellarmine who so graciously supports the Holiday Wish Drive,” says Jennifer Cullenbine, Family Giving Tree CEO. “Each year they collect over 200 gifts and thousands of dollars in monetary donations to benefit others. It is just this type of consistent support that helps our programs thrive.”

The effort on behalf of Family Giving Tree, which followed the school’s successful Winter Warmth Drive held in November, was coordinated through the Christian Service Program (CSP) team, led by Steve Pinkston and Anne Maloney and CSP staff members Shawn Descourouez and alumni volunteer Joey Sciammas; with significant support received from members of the Agape Club; Muslim Student Association; Varsity and JV soccer team players and coaches; and several additional Bellarmine faculty, staff, and parent volunteers.

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