UTSA Student Affairs celebrates holidays by adopting families and seniors

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UTSA Division of Student Affairs staff members participate in Adopt-a-Family program

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(Jan. 5, 2011)--Offices across the UTSA Division of Student Affairs were joined this holiday season by the UTSA Ambassadors, women's basketball team members and Campus Living Villages in adopting 25 families and four seniors, totaling 134 individuals, through the Family Service Association Adopt-a-Family program.

Sixteen volunteers and 10 packed cars and trucks delivered gifts to The Neighborhood Place on Dec. 15. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of more than 700 families in the San Antonio community this year. Families are carefully selected for the program. Most of the selected families have low income and many have experienced job loss, death in the family or medical emergencies.

This is the third year of UTSA Student Affairs participation in the program, and each office puts its own tradition into the service project. In some offices, each staff member adopted one family member and shopped for the needs and wants of that individual. Some offices have a gift-wrapping party as a part of their holiday celebration.

Many offices donate canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts. Deby Bailey, athletics business manager, said, "This was so much fun to do, we can't wait until next year. This is what the holidays should be all about."

>> To receive a monthly e-mail about service opportunities, e-mail engaged@utsa.edu, or visit the UTSA Volunteer Services website.

>> For more information, visit the Family Service Association website.