Hunt­ing­ton be­gins HUGS cam­paign

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - STAR STAFF sud.edi­to­rial@sun­media.ca

For the third con­sec­u­tive year, the Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity Geron­tol­ogy So­ci­ety (HUGS) will col­lect gifts for lo­cal older adults through­out the hol­i­day sea­son.

All gifts col­lected as part of Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity’s an­nual Christ­mas giv­ing tree cam­paign are pre­sented to long-term care res­i­dents at Fin­lan­dia Vil­lage, Pi­o­neer Manor and Ex­ten­di­care York on Christ­mas Day. Since 2015, this stu­dent-led ini­tia­tive has en­sured that more than 125 gifts have been dis­trib­uted to lo­cal se­niors in care homes.

“In our third year, the Christ­mas giv­ing tree has al­ready be­come a fond tra­di­tion at Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity. Our univer­sity com­mu­nity ea­gerly looks for­ward to care­fully se­lect­ing, pur­chas­ing and wrap­ping gifts in sup­port of this ini­tia­tive,” Bethany Robin­son, pres­i­dent of HUGS, said in a re­lease.

“Many older adults are at risk of so­cial iso­la­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing times of cel­e­bra­tion, such as Christ­mas. The giv­ing tree cam­paign shares the spirit of the fes­tive sea­son with long-term care res­i­dents in our com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in this ini­tia­tive can con­tact Robin­son at 519-381-0456. For those on LU’s cam­pus, par­tic­i­pa­tion is easy: take a tag off the Christ­mas tree lo­cated near room 117 at Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity; pur­chase the re­quested gift; wrap the gift and at­tach a card; drop off the wrapped gift, with the tree tag at­tached, by Fri­day, Dec. 1, to Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity’s re­cep­tion of­fice in room 101. The re­cep­tion of­fice is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This cam­paign is a prime ex­am­ple of how lessons move be­yond the class­room to have a greater im­pact in the com­mu­nity at large, and I com­mend the stu­dents from HUGS for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to this com­mu­nity project,” said Kevin McCormick, pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor of Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity .“I en­cour­age all stu­dents, staff, fac­ulty and Sud­buri­ans to sup­port this cause and help en­sure this hol­i­day sea­son is a happy one for our aged pop­u­la­tion.”

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Hom Shrestha (HUGS so­cial con­vener), Theresa Rost (HUGS vice-pres­i­dent), Bethany Robin­son (HUGS pres­i­dent), Kevin McCormick (pres­i­dent and vicechan­cel­lor of Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity), and Lor­raine Mercer (chair, Geron­tol­ogy Depart­ment, Hunt­ing­ton Univer­sity), help kick off the HUGS cam­paign, which runs to Dec. 1.

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