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SUNY Erie community, partners aid students with first annual 12 Days of Giving

Article by: Michael Farrell

WILLIAMSVILLE—Continuing its history of helping students in need throughout the holiday season, SUNY Erie Community College faculty and staff celebrated the culmination of its first annual 12 Days of Giving food drive inside its North Campus Spring Student Center on December 13.

Organized in the past under a variety of different designations—and most recently as the President’s Holiday Food Drive—the three-campus college’s 12 Days of Giving began at the start of December to collect non-perishable food items and gift cards for the SUNY Erie community’s neediest members, comprised of working students who need an extra hand this holiday season. This year, additional support to the college-wide effort was provided by a variety of corporate sponsors, including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Chophouse, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, GEICO, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and Russell Salvatore.

This collaboration helped provide more than 70 bags of food for the College’s students and their families, as well as additional aid raised through the December 13 wrap-up event’s holiday auction. 

After the success of the drive, the SUNY Erie community will continue its charitable work internally with plans for a Student Affairs-driven food pantry to aid students year-round. Externally, the College started its holiday efforts at Buffalo’s Durham Central City Café on Thanksgiving, and will expand its service when its students and staff volunteer toward operations of the Buffalo City Mission on Christmas Day. 

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.

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