MCCN once again will help brighten the holidays of lower income local children at Avondale Elementary School through the Avondale Holiday Giving Program. Sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and the Office of Student Life, the theme for this year’s effort is “Celebrating the Community and People-Centered Care.”

“The Avondale Holiday Giving Program is a time honored tradition of our commitment to the students, faculty and staff at Avondale and to the Franklinton community,” said Stevo Roksandic, regional director of library services.

“College faculty, staff and students --- and now Mount Carmel West colleagues –are welcome to participate,” said Colleen Cipriani, director of Student Life.

Here’s how it will work: a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments outlining each student’s gift requests will be placed in the library November 23. Interested students, faculty, staff and MCW colleagues can select an ornament off the tree and purchase the gift listed on it. Gifts should be turned in unwrapped during the library’s annual Jingle Bells & Books event on the afternoon of December 8 (exact times will be announced). This year, the library will be holding Jingle Bells & Books in two locations at the same time: in the library located on the third and fourth floors of the CLE and in the Consumer Health Library, located on the first floor of 777 W. State St. building.

After all the gifts are received, they will be wrapped and delivered to the students at Avondale the week before their holiday break. Thank you in advance for adding some holiday cheer for disadvantaged kids.

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