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 EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Project Christmas Elf 



Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199; e-mail:

The caring nature of the Slippery Rock University campus will be displayed Thursday [Dec. 5] when hundreds of Christmas gifts are gathered for delivery to some 250 needy Butler County children. A “Gather-the-Gifts Reception” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Russell Wright Alumni House as part of the 13th annual “Project Christmas Elf.”

The event will provide opportunities for excellent feature photos, including a performance by children enrolled in the SRU/SGA Day Care program who will be on hand to provide holiday music. The gifts were purchased by university offices, departments, faculty, staff and students as well as community groups and individuals in a program designed to provide Christmas wishes to less fortunate county youngsters.

“Project Christmas Elf,” started in 1989, is now directed by SRU’s Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership. Since early-November needy children have been “adopted” by those who agreed to fulfill their holiday “wish lists.”

Following Thursday’s reception, the gifts will be delivered to the Salvation Army, which will handle final distribution to the children. those planning to staff the reception, or needing more information, are asked to call 724-738-2199.

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