University of Scranton student volunteers recently sorted through and organized several hundred donated gifts, which were distributed to those in need by United Neighborhood Centers and Friends of the Poor, as well as Head Start and area group homes. The items were collected through the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice annual Giving Tree and Adopt an Angel drives. From left are students Peter Delong of Downingtown; Mary Longest of Demarest, N.J.; Kelly Judge of Scranton; Kerry Delaney of Aston; and Lauren Delle Donne of Colts Neck, N.J.
Through drives, students, faculty and staff sponsor children through age 12 by choosing an ornament on the Giving Tree, then purchasing a gift for recipients. Adopt an Angel allows sponsors to “adopt” children in need by purchasing gifts and clothing for them.