Mason Recreation Adopts Two Families for the Holidays! by Alison Peterson

Posted: December 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm, Last Updated: December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Mason Recreation’s staff is kicking off the holiday season by participating in the campus-wide Adopt-A-Family Initiative. Inspired by last year’s successful project, Mason students and wage staff put together their own Adopt-A-Family project and volunteered their time and energy to raising enough money to sponsor their own child. Together they raised money to sponsor five children this holiday season.

Mason Rec’s full time staff raised $650, allowing them to purchase necessary items such as coats, sweaters, and gloves. And with their extra money, they were able to purchase the children’s wish-list items including a bicycle, an easy-bake oven, dolls, art kits, and gift-cards. The student / wage group were able to buy their sponsored child an iPod! Together, they were able to make five children’s Christmas wishes come true.

Lee Ann Houston, who oversees the Mason Rec Adopt-A-Family program, said that “Helping to put a smile on a child is a really great feeling.” She added that the more she does it the more she wants to do it. Mason Rec hopes to see the campus-wide program spread even further within the department, and hopes that more students will join the initiative next year.