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Edinboro Cares campaign tops half-ton of goods for needy Erie, Crawford children and adults


The Edinboro University community took time during the busy closing weeks of the fall semester to help make the holiday season brighter for children and adults in need in Erie and Crawford counties.

The University’s Community Outreach Center led the annual Edinboro Cares campaign, which collected 1,150 pounds of books, coloring books, crayons, child-care supplies and personal-care items for donation to area social-service organizations, said Dr. Melissa Gibson, service-learning director in the Center.

Bright green buckets placed in locations across campus served as collection points for the campaign. The many items given by students, faculty and staff were donated to Edinboro Food Pantry and Boro Women's Services in Edinboro, Northwestern Food Pantry in Albion, and Hermitage House Youth Services in Cambridge Springs. 

The Edinboro Cares outreach also included student efforts on behalf of military service members and shelter animals.

"Since Thanksgiving we've been working with students on a variety of projects, including making toys for shelter dogs and creating cards for military staff," said Laurie Lawrence, graduate assistant in the Community Outreach Center. "It helps students feel connected to the community."

The 175 holiday cards created by students were sent to military staff overseas through the Greater Erie County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Some 150 dog toys made out of recycled T-shirts were sent to the ANNA Shelter in Erie.

"Edinboro Cares is our holiday campaign to help members of our local communities at this time of the year," Gibson said. "Faculty, staff and students join together each year to assist local social-service organizations. The need is so great everywhere."