LATROBE, PA – On Sunday, Nov. 18, gift donations benefiting Pressley Ridge will be collected in the parking lot of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College from noon - 2 p.m.
Assistant professor of communication Melinda Farrington and her Public Relations class have teamed up with the Saint Vincent College alumni office and alumni council to promote “Stuff the Trolley” by reaching out to the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Saint Vincent as the event ties closely to the Benedictine values of stewardship and community, while all members of the local community are welcome to participate, as well.
This marks the second straight year that SVC students will take part in “Stuff the Trolley”. The event supports the Treatment Foster Care Angel Tree Campaign, which provides an opportunity for anyone to grant a wish to a Pressley Ridge child during the holidays. The gifts collected may be the only Christmas gifts these children receive. Anyone can help gift these children love and support from the community.
“We are all really excited to get practical public relations experience while simultaneously supporting such a great cause for our community,” stated class member Shalyn Vukich, who said that she is excited to merge career experience with philanthropic efforts.
Those who bring a gift to the event can be entered into a raffle to win prizes that include a variety of Saint Vincent merchandise and Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia, including a helmet signed by star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Free cookies and hot cocoa will be provided for event attendees, while Vinny, the SVC mascot, will also be in attendance.
After collecting 80 gifts in last year’s event, the alumni office and public relations students have set a goal of collecting 120 gifts for the children of Pressley Ridge.
Pressley Ridge is a nonprofit organization operating in southwestern Pennsylvania that exists “to do whatever it takes to create success for children and families.” It provides innovative services for complex situations including mental health services, foster care and residential treatment.
Gifts will continue to be accepted through the week following the event, and can be dropped off at the alumni office on the second floor of Alfred Hall, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe.
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