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Holiday outreach initiatives planned

Members of the University community will have the opportunity to share the holiday spirit through a series of community service initiatives and special events planned for December and January.

A holiday "A Cappella Jam" performance featuring the Tigressions, Tigertones, Tigerlillies, Nassoons, Shere Khan and Wildcats student groups will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, on the Palmer Square Green. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy to be donated to the YWCA Princeton St. Nicholas Project.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, a "Holiday Hoops" food drive will provide free admission to a Princeton men's or women's basketball game to anyone bringing a nonperishable food item to Jadwin Gymnasium. Donations will go to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. The women's team plays Syracuse University at 2 p.m., followed by the men's team taking on Manhattan College at 5 p.m.

Through Dec. 16, donations of nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will be collected at several campus sites: 1 New South; C320 Engineering Quadrangle; Jadwin Gymnasium; Helm Building; MacMillan Building; Robertson Hall; Lewis Thomas Lab; Dillon Gymnasium; 22 Chambers St., Suite 101 (Office of Community and Regional Affairs); and the 100 level of Frist Campus Center. Items especially needed include peanut butter, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned goods, cereal, spices, toothpaste, deodorant, bath soap and disposable diapers.

Additionally, campus and local nonprofit groups are participating in initiatives to collect donations including books, games, gift certificates, food, personal care items, toys, winter jackets and sleepwear. Participating organizations are Anchor House/Angel's Wings, the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, Community House, Health Care Ministry of Princeton, HomeFront, the YWCA Princeton St. Nicholas Project and Womanspace. For more information about these organizations and donations needed, visit the community and regional affairs website or contact Erin Metro at (609) 258-5144 or emetro@princeton.edu.

In addition, community members can start saving men's and women's business attire for the annual gently used clothing drive planned for January. Details will be announced at a later date.

The outreach initiatives are sponsored by the offices of community and regional affairs and human resources, the Department of Athletics, the Frist Campus Center and the Undergraduate Student Government.

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