PSWS helps needy children this holiday season

Penn State Worthington Scranton's Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Veteran's clubs again sponsored the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots drive.

For three weeks, students, faculty and staff could drop off new, unwrapped toys into collection boxes set up across campus.

On Friday, Dec. 19, Marine Sgt. Constantine, with the U.S. Marine Reserve Unit, Det. A, MWSS-472, MWSG-47, visited the campus to collect the toys, which will be distributed by the Marines to needy children in the area.

This was one of three holiday gift drives that took place at Worthington Scranton. 

The other two collections were gifting trees, in which anyone interested in donating gifts to a child in need could take an ornament or ornaments, purchase and wrap gifts for them, and drop them off at the campus.  Names are given to campus organizers from local service agencies.

Volunteers then take the gifts to the participating agency, which distributes them.

Faculty and students in the Human Development and Family Studies program, in conjunction with the Youth Advocate Program of Northeast PA, set up a gifting tree in the Dawson Building.

The Student Activities Department also sponsored a gifting tree in the Study Learning Center in conjunction with the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency's Head Start Program in Dunmore.

Thanks to the generosity of participating students, staff and faculty, dozens of area children will be waking up on Christmas morning and have some special gifts to unwrap and enjoy!