Hundreds of members of the campus community chipped in this season to make the holidays a bit happier for Easton single parents and their children.
Through the Landis Center’s Holiday Helpers program, students, faculty, and staff brought in enough gift cards, diapers, wipes, baby formula, clothing, and toys for 350 local residents. Each resident filled out a wish tag for items they needed beforehand. The donations total about $14,000 worth of gifts.
“This program is particularly important because of the nature of our community partnerships,” says Amber Zuber, director of the Landis Center. “The Lafayette community is fulfilling needs as defined by the actual individuals, not by what we think people might want or need.”
The gift drive supports St. Luke’s Nurse Family Partnership Program, Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, and the Easton Area Neighbor Center’s ASPIRE program for pregnant and parenting teens and their children.
The program is coordinated by the center’s MOSAIC team, led by Kelly Carpency ’16. Other members are Sarah Geller ’17, Ryan Burke ’16, Lauren Hunt ’17, and Jenny Ghosh ’17. The students helped deliver the items last week.