Ox­ford Cares of­fers help for lo­cal chil­dren

The Covington News - - Front page - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

For the sixth year, alumni, fac­ulty, stu­dents and sup­port­ers joined to­gether at Ox­ford Col­lege to pro­vide for those less for­tu­nate in the fos­ter care sys­tem this hol­i­day sea­son.

Ev­ery year 100-200 boxes are made for chil­dren of all ages. They con­tain toi­letries, school sup­plies and toys and al­low chil­dren head­ing into fos­ter care to have some­thing of their own — a lux­ury many do not have com­ing into the sys­tem.

This year there were over 50 vol­un­teer projects in over 25 cities world­wide, ac­cord­ing to Emory’s web­site. A way for those in­volved in the col­lege to give back to the com­mu­nity. Emory Cares is the uni­ver­sity alumni as­so­ci­a­tion’s sig­na­ture pro­gram and through do­na­tions is able to cre­ate gift boxes for chil­dren en­ter­ing fos­ter care.

“So many kids come into the fos­ter care sys­tem with ab­so­lutely noth­ing,” said Ox­ford Col­lege’s Di­rec­tor of Alumni Re­la­tions Tammy Cam­field. “ With this pro­gram we are able to pro­vide a lot of kids with some­thing of their own.”

The boxes were made Satur­day morn­ing and will be dis­trib­uted at a Christ­mas party for the chil­dren in­volved in the fos­ter sys­tem later this year.

Am­ber Pittman/The Cov­ing­ton News

Pre­par­ing and pack­ing: Two chil­dren pack boxes for the Ox­ford Col­lege Emory Cares Newton County Pro­gram. The boxes they pack will be given to chil­dren en­ter­ing fos­ter care.

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