Recent efforts by Trine University faculty and staff provided toys and Christmas trees
to Steuben County families in need and hats and gloves to children at Thea Bowman
Leadership Academy in Gary.
More than 100 toys, along with 40 stockings and 40 trees, donated by Trine University
faculty and staff were distributed to area families through Project Help.
Trine employees brought 110 toys to collection boxes in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James
University Center and the President’s Office during the week of Dec. 3 and at the
university’s Holiday Social for faculty and staff on Dec. 7.
The trees, which had been on display in the University Center, were decorated for
the holiday season by Trine University clubs, organizations and offices. They were
delivered with the stockings and a plate of cookies for each tree from Bon Appetit
to Project Help on Dec. 11. The toys were delivered on Dec. 10.
Trine University has donated trees through Project Help since 2010.
From Oct. 30-Nov. 16, the university held a hat and glove drive, with collection boxes
around campus, for Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, one of the charter schools sponsored
by Trine’s Education One. Faculty and staff donated 309 hats, scarves and gloves,
which complemented the annual coat drive conducted at Thea Bowman each fall.