CNR Collecting Gifts for Those in Need
12/05/2012 

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The College Community is once again invited to contribute to the Advent Giving Tree, a community service project that has taken place every year since 2000.

Two trees, one in the Chapel and another in the Wellness Center (added two years ago), are hung with paper ornaments indicating gifts that can be purchased for someone in need this Christmas. The gifts are then distributed by the Salvation Army, Providence House, and the New Rochelle Day Nursery.

Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, says the gifts "help make the Christmas holidays a bit more special for our sisters and brothers in need." More than 200 gifts were donated last year.

To donate to the Giving Tree:

1. Select an ornament from the tree. Please select a gift you are able to purchase.
2. Gifts must be new.
3. Do not wrap the gift; rather, place it in a holiday gift bag when bringing it to the Chapel. Gifts are due by December 16.
4. Tape the paper ornament onto the bag.
5. Take as many ornaments as you'd like, but if any ornament is taken and the gift is not purchased, someone may not receive a gift this year.

In a separate project, the College is also collecting unwapped toys, for children age 1 to 13, during Christmas in the Castle, on December 14.

Other holiday celebrations on campus include the lighting of the College Christmas Tree and blessing of the creche on December 6, followed by a staged reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley."