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November’s ‘Service Saturday’ spreads holiday cheer

Twenty-two Penn College students who enjoy volunteering their time – including members of student organizations and the Wildcat women’s basketball team – gathered with Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, in CC Commons on Saturday to write heartfelt messages of gratitude in nearly 450 holiday cards for military personnel. The cards were donated by Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, and her husband, Adam J., an industrial technology specialist with Workforce Development; as well as Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and Skaluba.

The cards will be distributed with the help of Sarah, who has worked with the United Soldiers and Sailors of America program for the last several years. Her brother, Michael Shott, is a first lieutenant in the Army on active duty, currently serving stateside following a recent deployment.

“We are so happy to support this meaningful and collaborative initiative through ‘(community) Service Saturday,'” Skaluba said. “We did as well last year, and plan to keep that tradition going.”

In addition to the holiday cards, attendees also made pet toys from recycled T-shirts that will be donated to the SPCA.

The Office of Student Engagement thanks everyone who participated in the “(community) Service Saturday” initiatives this fall. The next service opportunity will be Feb. 12. Interested in volunteering? Contact OSE to be added to the list.

– Photos by Shannon L. Skaluba

 

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