Christmas Gift & Toy Drives
We have started working on the 11th Annual "Operation Santa Claus" for the young and Senior Citizens. This year's party will again host three West Philadelphia Nursing Homes-The Ralston House, Mercy Douglas, & Stephen Smith Home-as well as St. Vincent's Orphanage.
Our senior citizen friends and the children from the home will again be treated to a holiday luncheon and gifts from Santa as well as surprise entertainment on Monday, December 21, at the Faculty Club.
Last year's party was an overwhelming success, again over 800 gifts were donated along with monetary donations to pay for the party. Gifts were distributed to all the guests, with enough on hand to send back to those in the homes not well enough to attend. Gifts were also sent to the children at the orphanage who were in school.
We're asking for your help again. We need 600+ gifts and monetary donations to cover the the luncheon, entertainment, transportation and additional gifts that are needed.
If you would like more information, feel free to visit Yvonne in Suite 212 Franklin Build-ing or call me at 898-7234 or 898-4210. Those in Physical Plant can contact George Reale.
Below are some gift suggestions.* Simply choose something off the list, wrap it, and place a label or tag on the outside marked with what the item is, whether for a man or woman, girl or boy, and the size if applicable. If you are planning to participate in Operation Santa please contact us and let us know so can be sure that all the children and senior citizens attending will receive a gift.
There has always been a lot of interest from our staff and friends around campus. We are hoping that you will again be able to help. Please bring all gifts and donations to Yvonne in Suite 212 Franklin Building by Thursday, December 17.
* Sweatshirts/pants (Men's: L & XL; Ladies': M & L). Socks (Men's: white & dark; Ladies' knee socks & knee highs). Perfume, cologne and dusting powder for ladies. Men's t-shirts, undershirts & thermals (XL & L). Ladies' thermals (M & L).Slippers with back out (slip-ons-not the sock type) Men's M & L and Ladies' S & M. Men's and Ladies' Sweater Vests (all sizes) Trivia games, puzzles, chess, checkers, card games, board games, hand-held electronic games, children's outfits, toys, beanie babies
As you buy gifts for friends and family, please join in an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer to the homeless and less fortunate members of the community.
Bring a wrapped and labeled (age, gender) gift for well-deserving West Philadelphia children, teens and adults. Collected items will be donated to area shelters, community service agencies and families in need. Also, please contact Isabel Sampson-Mapp (898-2020, sammapp@pobox) if you are able to volunteer to sort gifts and/or help with collection/delivery.
--Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Director, Penn Volunteers in Public Service
Volunteer to Work: At the "Annual Holiday Celebration"
sponsored by Mayor Edward G. Rendell,1500 children will meet at the Apollo
of Temple on Friday, December 18, 1998 at 10 a.m. for a visit from Santa
and to receive gifts. Volunteer to be a bathroom monitor, greeter, escort,
bus captain and/or a gift packer (gift packing done the day before the event).
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 14, December 8, 1998