St. Lawrence University students are getting into the holiday spirit with a variety of projects and events that benefit residents of local communities.

A "giving tree" set up in the lobby of the E.J. Noble University Center is one example -- individuals and groups chose "angels" from the tree that indicated the age, sex and size of a needy child in the community, then returned the angel with appropriate gifts.

The Singing Saints and Sinners held a concert on campus to benefit the program, which is operated by the Church and Community Workers in Canton.

Costume Shop Supervisor Sabrina Egeland '92 came up with an innovative project -- she invited anyone interested to assist in building "boo-boo bears" that were then donated to sick children in nearby Canton-Potsdam and Claxton-Hepburn Hospitals. The materials to make the bears were purchased with deposit refunds on donated cans and bottles.

Colleges of the First-Year Program pitched in with a canned-food drive and a "change drive." Several less-fortunate families in the local area were "adopted" by the colleges during the holiday season with the funds raised. At least one college -- Plaisance -- donated all of the money they had been collecting throughout the semester for and end-of-the-year party to the cause.

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