|Each ornament hung on the Santa SLU Christmas tree represents a wish from children and adults in the St. Louis area. Submitted photo.|
With the holidays around the corner, Doisy College of Health Sciences has kicked off its season of giving with Santa SLU, the college's long standing tradition where faculty, students and staff gather around to bless a Christmas tree and help a family in need during the holidays.
Each ornament hung on the Christmas tree represents a wish from children and adults in the St. Louis area. Those who take an ornament are asked to purchase the wished gift and return it by Friday, Dec. 7, so that Campus Ministry can deliver the gifts to the family before holiday break.
Santa Blue, as he is referred to because of his SLU blue suit, was on hand to greet children and attendees. Fresh Gatherings Café provided delicious cookies and treats for the event. It was a wonderful celebration and a great way to give back to others during the holiday season.
This year, the college is helping several families whose grandparents are raising their grandchildren. In addition to assisting the families, the college has also chosen to support the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, a not-for-profit agency that provides short-term, emergency shelter for children whose families are faced with emergencies or who are in crisis. Gifts range from toys, clothes and gift cards for the family to diapers, wipes and first aid items for the nursery.
For those who are interested in helping this year or learning more about Santa SLU, contact Julie Wolter at firstname.lastname@example.org.