Christmas Giving Drives Modified for 2020

    Pictured are University of Scranton students from the 2019 Christmas gift drives. The University’s Center for Service and Social Justice modified their annual Christmas giving programs this year to comply with COVID-19 health restrictions.
    November 17, 2020

    The University of Scranton’s Center for Service and Social Justice has modified its annual Christmas giving programs to meet COVID-19 health restrictions implemented this year.

    The annual Giving Tree will take place in a virtual format. The University partnered with Friends of the Poor for their annual Christmas toy drive with their wish list via Amazon. Gifts can be purchased on their site on Amazon and will be shipped directly to Friends of the Poor. Members of the University community may also choose to purchase a toy locally and drop it off at the Center for Service and Social Justice in the DeNaples Center. All gifts must arrive no later than Friday, Dec. 11. The center will deliver all donated gifts dropped off at their office to the Friends of the Poor drive-by toy giveaway location.

    Students, faculty or staff wishing to participate in the annual Adopt an Angel program should contact The Catherine McAuley Center directly via this form to participate. Participants will shop and deliver gifts directly to the McAuley Center on Pittson Avenue in South Scranton. Gift drop offs can be made curbside. Since the semester is ending on Nov. 25, this format provides the flexibility for participants to drop-off their donations at a time convenient to them.

    As a gift idea, the Center for Service and Social Justice created Campus Colors, a University of Scranton Coloring Book that includes more than 50 Scranton scenes. The coloring books are $15 each and all proceeds benefit the Arrupe Service and Social Justice Endowment, which helps make service opportunities possible for Scranton students. Orders can be placed here.

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