Wrapping Gifts For Underprivileged Children
Pforzheimer Honors College students teamed up with the Golden Key International Honor Society members to get Pace into the holiday spirit. They wrapped 226 presents on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, and turned Gottesman room into a holiday workshop.
The gifts, wrapped with good intentions and decorative bows, were not to be given to each other or their loved ones, but to the children of the Pleasantville Cottage School and the Dobb’s Ferry Children’s Village. The students worked together to wrap holiday presents for the boys and girls of these communities and send season’s greetings messages in handmade cards.
Ms Candida Fitts, the Director of Volunteers at the Children’s Village, spoke to the crowd before the wrapping commenced. She expressed how grateful she and her organization are for the Honors College students’ willingness to help these underprivileged children during such a special time of year. Ms Fitts’s therapy dog, Savannah, also made an appearance at the event and brought smiles to the faces of Pace students, who were unknowingly creating the future smiles of children in need. (Please see the letter from Ms Fitts on page 11)
The gifts covered in snowflake wrapping paper, with bows and ribbons, were placed in trucks that would deliver them to their soon-to-be owners. What, in essence, may be only a toy wrapped mere paper and scotch tape, would be the highlight of a child’s holiday season. All Pace students involved gained more than the knowledge of gift wrapping that day--they also experienced the beauty of helping others.