When holiday trees decorated with angels made of red and green paper appear on the Keuka College campus, the College community knows it’s time for the annual Angel Tree Project.
Since 1996, the Angel Tree Project has been a community service staple and College favorite. Students, faculty, and staff select a paper angel containing a child’s age, gender, and small wish list, then donate the gifts requested. The gifts were wrapped and delivered on Thursday, Dec. 6, to children and their parents at the Child & Family Resource Center in Penn Yan.
Organizer Kathy Waye, Keuka College’s director of community relations and events, says support for the Angel Tree Project comes from all parts of the College community.
“I am especially amazed by some of those friends and alumni who contributed,” says Kathy. “Some people made gifts by hand also, including baby blankets, purses, bags, and knitted hats. It’s totally overwhelming that there’s such generosity here. People here truly understand social responsibility.”
She said the project exceeded $8,000 in donations this year, with a total of 44 children receiving gifts.
This year’s edition of the project was spearheaded by the College’s Community Service Advocates, and co-sponsored by the KC FAN Club, the Environmental Keuka Organization, and Office of Community Relations and Events. Several groups from campus also sponsored individual angels. In addition, the project received a $50 cash donation.
“We are very lucky to have such a caring community,” says Kathy.
The Angel Tree Project is one of several community service collaborations in which the College community is involved throughout the year. Other projects include Make a Difference Day, the Easter Basket Project, and Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates, among myriad others.
The group photo is by Keuka College’s Marketing & Communications Digital Coordinator Giorgio Varlaro. All other photos are by Keuka College senior Tessa Alianell.