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CAMDEN - Christmas is coming early to children in the City of Camden.
“We have 275 students that we’re donating to," said Kristin Ulrich, President of Rutgers Greek Council. "We got over 500 gifts this year, so we’re going to donate other gifts to families in the area, not just kids in the school.”
Members of Rutgers Greek Life are spearheading the college’s group, Camden Angels, who have been donating gifts to families all over the city this time of year for the past 17 years.
“Toys and coats, and food baskets, hats, gloves, everything. Some years we actually got furniture for folks or paid their electric bill, whatever we needed to do to kind of make the holiday season better," said Allison Wisniewski, Associate Dean of Students, Rutgers-Camden.
The fraternity and sorority members collected gifts from staff, Christmas, and birthday parties, and through donations from alumni.
“I can’t imagine my holiday season without this program," said Amanda Holloway, Assistant Dean, Office of New Student Programs. "Because it definitely gets me in the spirit, but also, I can’t imagine not being able to give back to the community at this time.”
These are only a few of the many gifts that Rutgers Greek Council were able to collect to hand out this week. Not only are they bringing some holiday cheer to the city of Camden, but they’re working on getting rid of the negative stigma Greek Life often carries.
“All you hear about is like, hazing and parties, but we do so much service and we do so much for our community, this just finally puts a positive spin on things, and I’m so happy people are getting able to see what we actually do, rather than only a few bad apples do,” said Ulrich.
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