January 06 2014
With the holiday season in full swing, it is easy to get lost in the madness of shopping, traveling, making New Year plans, and for college students, focusing on final exams. However, with the coordination of Elmira College's Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), members from nine EC athletic teams found time in their busy schedules to volunteer in the Adopt-a-Family program through Catholic Charities of Chemung-Schuyler Counties.
While hitting the books during finals week, members of the Elmira College athletic teams took to the stores in pursuit of gifts to donate to one large local family, designated by the Catholic Charities of Chemung-Schuyler Counties.
"This year's Adopt-a-Family initiative was a huge success" said Elmira College SAAB President Lauren Thomas '14. "Aside from other years, several of our athletic teams bought gifts for one big family that was in need. Each team rallied together to buy gifts for an individual from the family in order to help provide a great holiday."
After the shopping was complete, the EC athletes wrapped all the gifts on the Elmira College campus in Emerson Hall and delivered them to Catholic Charities for distribution, providing a much needed contribution to the Southern Tier.
"It was nice to be able to get together with athletes from different teams of our athletic department in order to achieve a common goal of giving back to the community" stated Thomas. "We all had fun buying gifts and getting together to wrap all of the gifts together and it's great to know that from the efforts of our athletes, we can make a difference."
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for millions of people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic background. CCUSA provides leadership and support for the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities. CCUSA was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. For more than 100 years, CCUSA has guided and supported the vast network of Catholic Charities agencies nationwide in a common mission to serve, advocate, and convene.