The holidays will be a little warmer and brighter for a number
of local families in need thanks to the University at Buffalo's
Adopt a Family program.
Fourteen offices from throughout the university have "adopted" a
family for the holidays, purchasing toys, clothing and household
items from families' wish lists. The gifts will be given to the
families Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 1-5 p.m. in the Office of
Community Relations, 100 Allen Hall on the UB South Campus, and
members of the media are invited to attend. Members of the UB
community who participated in the program also have been invited to
come and meet the families they have helped.
Families will receive items including toys, electronics,
bicycles, food, diapers, clothing and bedding. All gifts have been
beautifully wrapped and are ready to make the families' holidays a
It is the second year the UB Office of Community Relations has
coordinated the drive; last year, eight UB offices participated. In
addition to Community Relations, offices taking part in the program
include Student Affairs, Career Services, School of Dental Medicine
(Business Operations), Wellness Education Services, Office of
Faculty Affairs, University Communications, School of Dental
Medicine, Office of the Provost, School of Nursing, New York State
University Police, Graduate School of Education, Orthopedic Sports
Medicine (ECMC location), and Operational Support
Services/Computing and Informational Technology.
Community Relations collaborated with local churches and
community centers to identify the families.
Press arrangements: Linwood Roberts, neighborhood outreach
coordinator in the UB Office of Community Relations at 829-3524,