‘Win­ter Wishes’ pro­vides presents for lo­cal kids

Times Standard (Eureka) - - EDUCATION -

From an Hum­boldt State Univer­sity press re­lease:

The HSU com­mu­nity re­cently chipped in to pro­vide hol­i­day gifts for 134 lo­cal chil­dren in need.

Win­ter Wishes, a pro­gram co­or­di­nated by For­ever Hum­boldt, or­ga­nized 91 spon­sors, in­clud­ing alumni, staff, fac­ulty, stu­dents, ath­letic teams, stu­dent clubs, and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers. Spon­sors pur­chased more than 400 gifts for lo­cal chil­dren con­nected to seven dif­fer­ent lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Dozens of HSU stu­dents, in­clud­ing the women’s soccer and soft­ball teams, re­cently wrapped the presents at get-to­geth­ers. Stephanie Lane, alumni out­reach lead, said the pro­gram has a large com­mu­nity im­pact.

“This is such a spe­cial pro­gram be­cause it al­lows

kids to feel heard and seen dur­ing the hol­i­days,” she said. “They ask for spe­cific gifts and spon­sors go shop­ping for ex­actly what they asked for. It’s per­son­al­ized and the spon­sors en­joy know­ing that they are sup­port­ing a spe­cific child in our com­mu­nity.”

Presents were de­liv­ered

to the lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions on Thurs­day and will be dis­trib­uted to the chil­dren at their var­i­ous hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions.

“Win­ter Wishes would not be a suc­cess with­out the sup­port of our gen­er­ous HSU com­mu­nity,” Lane said. “Thank you to all who were in­volved!”

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED BY HUM­BOLDT STATE UNIVER­SITY

Hum­boldt State Univer­sity stu­dents wrap Win­ter Wishes presents.

The HSU com­mu­nity re­cently chipped in to pro­vide hol­i­day gifts for 134 lo­cal chil­dren in need.

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