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 Jam" featuring student performances will be held at 6:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7 on the Palmer Square Green. Scheduled to appear are: Sympoh, Tigerlillies, Katzenjammers, Umqombothi, Footnotes, Juggling Club, Nassons, Wildcats, Princeton University Gospel Ensemble, Kindred Spirit and the Princeton University Band. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to local children.
A “Holiday Hoops” offer provides fans three opportunities to purchase a discounted ticket to a Princeton University basketball game. The Princeton men host Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 pm in Jadwin Gym. Fans who donate one non-perishable food item may purchase a $8 game ticket. Sunday, December 2 the Princeton women play Davidson at 2pm in Jadwin Gym. With a donation of a new or gently used children’s book fans may purchase a $5 game ticket. The Princeton women take on Marist at 5 pm on Saturday, December 15 in Jadwin Gym. Fans donating a non-perishable food item may purchase a $5 game ticket. All food donations support the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. Books donated support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s Reaing Oasis program.
The "Grateful Greetings" campaign will enable campus community members to send notes of thanks to deployed service members. A Grateful Greetings station, which includes 20 cards and sample messages are available from the Office of Community and Regional Affairs. The preaddressed envelope should be returned by Friday, December 14. Cards collected will be included in a care package that will be sent to service members by the nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude.
A ”Community Threads” drive is collecting cotton, acrylic or washable yarn to donate to local seniors who use their talents to create lap blankets for disabled veterans and critically ill children, infant caps for newborn babies in the hospital, and hats and scarves for local homeless and needy families. Donation can be made now through December 21 on the first-floor of Clio Hall or at 4 Mercer Street
Through Wednesday, Dec. 12, donations of nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will be collected at several campus sites: New South A Level; C232 Engineering Quadrangle; Jadwin Gym; Helm Building; MacMillan Building; Robertson Hall; Morrison Hall; Lewis Thomas Lab; Nassau Hall, Room 9; 200 Elm Drive; 185 Nassau St.; Guyot Hall, atrium and Room 112; Digital Print Center, 201 Nassau St.; 22 Chambers St.; 701 Carnegie Center; 171 Broadmead; UNOW Nursery School, 185 Broadmead; 693 Alexander Road; Jadwin Hall; Andlinger Center, Room 113; Lewis Arts complex, Arts Tower Room N205; McCosh Health Center, Employee Health; 100 level of Frist Campus Center; 100 Overlook Center and the Louis A Simpson Building, Weikart Atrium.
The following items are especially needed: canned protein (tuna, salmon and chicken); low-sodium soups; canned fruit (in 100 percent juice);canned vegetables (spinach, carrots, yams, peas and tomoatoes); rice; whole-grain pasta; pasta sauce; beans; nuts; crackers; gravy; herbs or spices; vinegar; mustard; Parmalat or other shelf-stable milk; non-sugary cereals; salad dressing (nonsugar); peanut butter; jelly; dish and laundry detergent; soaps and body wash; deodorant; shampoo; conditioner; and feminine products.
University community members also may support the Send Hunger Packing Program, which provides school-aged children in need with nutritionally sound, easy-to-open meals to get them through the weekend. Items needed include: single serve 100% juice boxes; cereal (individual bowls or boxes); ready-to-eat tuna with or without crackers; microwaveable entrees or bowls; peanut butter in jars or individual cups; squeezable grape jelly granola bars; and applesauce.
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 Arm in Arm (formerly the Crisis Ministry), Senior Care Services of New Jersey, HomeFront, One Simple Wish, Princeton Human Services, Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Young Achievers, Rescue Mission, SAVE, UIH Family Partners, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Graduate School, the Department of Athletics, the Office of Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Department of Facilities, the Office of Communications, and Conference and Event Services.