Assumption Community Shows Christmas Spirit

Assumption College faculty, staff and students are celebrating the holiday season by giving gifts to city children, and contributing to charitable organizations that serve Worcester residents.

Each year, the Assumption College Giving Tree allows students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to provide gifts to needy children in the Greater Worcester area each holiday season. Assumption’s Office of Student Activities works with the Worcester branch of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) to collect gift requests from 40 local children. Each gift request is then individually matched to a Giving Tree participant, making the Giving Tree a more personalized experience for everyone.

“Assumption College is a caring community, one that is deeply committed to helping people in need in Worcester and beyond,” said Lili Zannotti, who has organized the College’s Giving Tree for the past nine years.

Assumption’s Giving Tree stands in Charlie’s, the lounge and dining area in Hagan Campus Center, decorated with paper ornaments that each state the child’s name and their individual gift ideas (clothing and/or age-appropriate toys). Donations were collected from just before Thanksgiving through Dec. 10.

As part of a “Coats for Kids” Drive on campus, the Assumption community donated 60 coats, hats, gloves and mittens to students in need at Chandler Elementary School in Worcester and the Worcester Arts Magnet School. The women’s basketball team accounted for 35 of those coats through the generosity of friends, family and various athletic department administrators and athletic teams. The drive was done in conjunction with the Reach Out Center at Assumption.

The Assumption women’s basketball team members volunteer weekly at Chandler Elementary and have worked with the school for the past five years. This season, the team is working with two first-grade classes, two second-grade classes, and two sixth-grade classes on teaching the students how to read. Each Wednesday, six members of the women’s basketball team visit the school with members of the coaching staff.

Assumption’s Department of Public Safety held its annual “Tickets for Tots” drive Dec. 5. The Assumption community donated toys to the Marine Corps League’s “Toys for Tots” program, and cash to the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette’s Santa Fund. Toy and cash donations were accepted. Up to two parking tickets (issued between August 26 and Dec. 5) per person could be exchanged for a toy with a minimum value of $10 or a cash donation.

Canned food and used books were collected during a Dec. 2 Mass in Assumption’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The items were given to the College’s Reach Out Center to donate to local families. And at the Dec. 21 President’s Employee Holiday Luncheon, faculty and staff will be asked to drop off school supplies, which will in turn be donated to Grafton Street Elementary School and Saint Peter’s Central Elementary School in Worcester.

During Advent, Assumption’s Campus Ministry Center is helping Worcester’s Visitation Center collect baby items for pregnant women.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews