The Senior School Service Learning Club collected gifts for the Holiday Project, a longstanding community project of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS).
This year, SSA families, faculty and staff volunteered to purchase gifts for a total of 160 children ages 0-18 in the county who receive services through DHS related to maltreatment and homelessness. Each SSA volunteer was given the name of a specific child to sponsor along with their age, clothing and shoe size, and wish list of suggested gifts. The gift donations were dropped off at the Senior School library the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2, and by the end of the week the library was bursting with gifts and the spirit of generosity! The gifts were picked up by DHS on Friday, Dec. 2, and will soon be distributed to children and families, making their holidays a little bit brighter.
Service Learning Club faculty advisor Lindsey Myers organized the project, and club members Sara Laman, Anya Jain, Liv Nogueira, Ava Terezis, Diya Shrishrimal, Avery Litwin, Gabby Jarvis, Maya Leyzarovich and Jordan Roupe assisted with distributing names to volunteers and collecting gifts dropped off at the library. Senior School Library Assistant Amy Harrison also helped with gift collection, and students, faculty and staff members helped load the vans with gifts on Dec. 2.
Thank you to all of the SSA families who supported the Holiday Project this year!