Now in its 18th year, the annual SUNY Orange Adopt-a-Family campaign continued the safety protocols it established in 2020 to minimize contact between volunteers, local organizations and families while continuing to bring holiday cheer to less-fortunate families near campus.
Since 2003, college faculty, staff and students have been working with local non-profit organizations to adopt less-fortunate families during the holidays. Over that time, SUNY Orange’s Adopt-a-Family program has helped a total of 2,922 individuals in 868 families with gifts and grocery support, which are normally distributed through local schools and organizations.
All donations were provided as gift cards, so that each family could directly purchase gifts and groceries. This year faculty, staff, and students were able to raise a grand total of $3,830 and help 33 families!