SUNY Potsdam’s Student Government Association recently took time out from studying for finals to spearhead the effort to adopt a local family for Christmas and the result has been more than $500 raised to help a family of five from Hopkinton.
SGA representatives used the money to purchase gifts for the family’s 5-year-old, twin 3-year-olds and an 18-month-old. The presents include learning laptop computers, movies, video games, bedding and toys which the group then wrapped and delivered to the family.
SGA built on what the Crane Student Association implemented last year. “It allows us the opportunity to really give back to a community that supports our campus and its students,” said SGA Vice President Danielle McMullen, a senior from Broadalbin.
McMullen noted it was really a group effort. Several groups within SGA worked to raise money, including Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Potsdam Video Gaming Club, All Greek Council, the Pagan Studies Organization and SGA Senate and Assembly members.
“Many students within the organization and community participated. It really was a wonderful effort on their part,” she said. “I am always astounded at how deep the compassion of people runs. Even during an economic recession, the generosity that has contributed to this campaign is wonderful and heartening. Many students are thrilled that they are helping out such a great family.”
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