Adopt an Angel/Giving Tree

Each year The Center for Service and Social Justice partners with a local social service agency to provide gifts to children and families in need.  In the past, gifts have been donated to Headstart Preschools, United Neighborhood Centers, Friends of the Poor, Catholic Social Services, Lackawanna County Children and Youth and Catholic Social Services, in additional to some local group homes.

Staff and Faculty members, students, residence hall floors, clubs and University departments are given the opportunity to purchase toys and clothing for a child in need.   Names, sizes, and toy wishes are provided by the agency, with the participant spending about $100. Those wishing to participate can email for a child's name, age, clothing sizes and toy wish.

The Giving Tree, set in the lobby of the 2nd floor of the DeNaples Center, gives individuals the opportunity to choose an age appropriate gift for a child in need.  The cost is about $20.  The tree goes up in the 2nd week of November and gifts are due by the Friday prior to final exams.


Students sort holiday gifts donated to the Giving Tree Program 2012  Back..Peter DeLong, Kelly Judge, Lauren Delledonne.  Front...Mary Longest, Kerry Delaney

More than 350 University of Scranton students, faculty and staff donated more than 700 individual holiday gifts, including clothing and toys, to those in need, in addition to  “adopting” 88 children, through the “adopt an angel” program in which sponsors provide multiple gifts for a child.