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Sub for Santa brings the holiday home at USU

December 7th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Addison M. T. Hall

LOGAN — As the semester winds down and winter break approaches, student families begin preparing for Christmas and time with their families. However for some student families, money is too tight for even the smallest celebration. Sub for Santa, a charity fundraiser put on by the Access and Diversity center at USU, aims to help student families with children in need by giving them gifts they can’t get themselves.

“We collect donations and give them to Access and Diversity,” said Stephen Harmison, manager of the Hub, a food court on campus and a sponsor of Sub for Santa, “and they buy gifts for families.” Harmison helped run a silent auction in the Hub which closed on Thursday, and said proceeds went to the charity and were then used to buy gifts for the student families. He said the money left over from the fundraiser went to buy necessities, such as diapers and food.

Dorcee Winward, Access and Diversity office administrator, said the center has been putting on Sub for Santa for the last four years. She and Rachel Brighton, the Access and Diversity multicultural student program coordinator, said the program will help 55 children this year and has grown since the beginning.

“Last year we had 14 families and 30 children,” Brighton said. “And the year before that, 2011, was seven families and 17 children.”

Brighton and Winward said the program starts in October each year and ends midway through December, and any student family who needs help from the fundraiser needs to apply by Nov. 1. Applications can be found at the Access and Diversity website.


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