Adopt an Angel/Giving Tree
Each year Campus Ministries' 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.
If you are seeking individual monetary assistance for the holidays, please refer to our Community Assistance page.
In 2016, we adopted the Nativity Miguel School in Scranton, an independent Catholic, co-educational school which empowers students to reach their full potential as students, leaders and role-models in their families and community. The Nativity Miguel model was created in 1971 with the establishment of a small school in Manhattan’s Lower East Side to fulfill the needs of a poor neighborhood by providing quality, tuition-free education to low-income children that had the discipline and desire to learn in a challenging academic environment. The school has 25 5th and 6th grade students. Staff, Faculty and Students had the opportunity to "adopt" a child for Christmas by providing gifts for the children.
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 due during final exams week. These gifts will be given to Catholic Social Services/Friends of the Poor annual toy giveaway in our Byron Center later in December, along with children visiting the annual Community Christmas Day Breakfast at The University of Scranton.
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