Every year, students and faculty at Niagara University have the opportunity to give back during the holiday season to the local community. Campus Ministry holds their annual Adopt-A-Family program which gives Christmas gifts to families in the surrounding area that are in need. Niagara University and Campus Ministry work with Summit Life, which is a crisis pregnancy center that local families go to when they need help.
At Summit Life, the families can fill out forms which are then passed to Campus Ministry. Groups of students, faculty, organizations, clubs and sports teams can all sign up to “adopt” one of these families. Some of these clubs and organizations will hold fundraisers on campus to raise money to buy gifts for their family or families, if they adopted more than one. The different organizations will sell blankets, sweatshirts and they even sell grilled cheese in the dorm halls. Gifts range from toys and clothes for children, to kitchenware, bus passes and clothes for parents. Summit Life asks that gifts are to be wrapped only for parents and that the children’s gifts are left unwrapped, so the parents are still able to experience the joy of wrapping gifts for their children.
We started our annual Thanksgiving Pie sales on November 1st and all the proceeds will go towards Adopt-A-Family. Guests will have the chance to order pies baked by our Pastry Chef to bring to their Thanksgiving Dinner. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, pumpkin and a few other classics. Pie order forms can be picked up in the Grove in the Gallagher Center or ask one of our team members to assist you. The last day to order a pie is November 20th and pies will be available to pick up on November 25th until November 27th. All the money from our pie sale will go towards the families we adopted. Last year our team raised over $400 in Pie Sales. We gave our families that we adopted clothes, toys, hygiene products, bus passes and food for their holiday dinner.
This year, our team adopted two families, one larger family and a medium sized one. We also give each family a turkey, sides and a homemade pie so they can have a home cooked meal for the holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program embodies the University’s Vincentian mission and Metz Culinary Management’s family-driven mission. Our team is so grateful to be a part of such a heartwarming program during this holiday season.
Emily S. is a Niagara University undergraduate student majoring in Event Management. She is currently serving as Metz Culinary Management's 2019-2020 marketing intern.