In December, there were several opportunities for the University Relations staff to help make the holidays brighter for those in need in our community. We wanted to express our gratitude for everyone who participated, and provide some details on the YWCA Toy Drive, the Center for the Homeless Item Drive, and the Christmas Ham Donation.
Toys for the YWCA: We encouraged everyone to bring a toy to the Christmas party to donate to the YWCA. The YWCA collects toys throughout the year for their toy room where the parents utilizing their services can shop for their children not only for Christmas but for birthdays. We were able to provide over 175 toys for children of all ages to help stock their toy room. Their CEO, Susan Tybon and Development Associate, Jena Perkins, asked that we share this message with everyone:
“Thank you so much for the donation of new toys for our children. Your support means everything to the women and children at our shelters. Because of your generosity, we were able to bring hope to the many women and children who call our shelter home this holiday season.
The YWCA serves not just as a safe place for women and children but also a caring, supportive home where they can learn the tools and get the support they need to rebuild and improve their lives. We couldn’t do this important work without caring partners in our community like you.
On behalf of our staff and the women and children we serve, thank you for your support. Together we can create a positive change in the lives of others and our community.
Center for the Homeless Item Drive: Every holiday season, Notre Dame Development partners with the South Bend Center for the Homeless to help those in need in our community. This year, the Center was in urgent need of personal hygiene and toiletry items. Development delivered 4 large boxes full of these items. Staff at the Center mentioned that these items were coming at a critical time, as supplies had been running low.
Christmas Ham Donations: Every member of the University Relations team receives a ham at the division’s annual Christmas Luncheon. Staff are given the option to not take their ham and instead have it donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless. This year, University Relations donated 60 hams to the Center, helping feed those in need in our community.
Thank you for all you did to help those in need this holiday season!