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Ancilla brings Christmas to children

December 19, 2012

   12/20/12  This holiday season, 25 children in need will be spared a Christmas with no presents.  They will have the Ancilla College community to thank for that.

For the fifth straight year, Ancilla College held the annual “angel tree” collection.  This year the focus was a toy collection for children of low-income students at the Donaldson-based campus. “I just think it’s important to help our own students by helping them in hard times.” said Athletic Secretary/Cheer Coach Dianna Cooper, who has coordinated the collection since it began five years ago.

The 25 children – spanning 11 different families – were able to list three wishes for Christmas.  Those wishes were put on the back of an angel card with their name and hung on the angel tree in the College’s front lobby. Between Dec. 8 and Dec. 17, those looking to donate were able to select a child and grant one or all their toy “wishes”. All of the children selected for the angel tree had their wishes granted this year, leading Cooper to deem this year’s collection a success.

“The drive was very successful!” said Cooper, “Every year I am reminded how blessed I am to work for and with such great people. Thank you to all who helped with the angel tree project by organizing, buying gifts, donating money and wrapping presents.”

The greatest joy of all is giving.

Ancilla College ( is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.