Holiday 'adoptions' to benefit families in area neighborh
For the second year in a row, Printing Services will "adopt" a needy family at Christmastime, and Kevin Shotsberger, Director of Printing Services, suggests that other University departments may wish to do likewise.
"I've always read newspaper stories about kids who need so much that they don't even seek toys at Christmas, but only necessities," he said, adding that many families in serious need are right in the University's backyard, so to speak.
Last year, with the assistance of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Printing Services located a family of six and sought suggestions for gifts. Staff members purchased clothes, school supplies, toys and other items and delivered them.
"We had more than 80 gifts. I was amazed and gratified by the response we received from employees," Shotsberger said. "I hope that our staff will be able to be as generous this year, and I hope that other departments will choose to follow in our footsteps."
Other departments that wish to "adopt" a family may contact Karen Bozeman-Gross, director of social services and adult education at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, at 548-7500.