|Faculty, students and staff at the college gathered to bless a Christmas tree and pledge to assist a family in need this holiday season. Submitted photo|
With the holidays upon us, Doisy College of Health Sciences has kicked off its season of giving with Santa SLU, the college's long standing tradition where faculty, students and staff gather around to bless a Christmas tree and help a family in need during the holidays.
Ornaments have been hung on the Christmas tree representing a wish for children and adults who need assistance in the St. Louis area. Those who take an ornament are asked to purchase the wished gift and return it by Dec. 9, so that Campus Ministry can deliver the gifts to the family before holiday break.
"Reindeers," played by dogs of faculty, staff and students from the college, have also become a tradition for the event. Santa Blue, as he is referred to, made an appearance this year by wearing a blue suit to represent Saint Louis University and spent the entire morning spreading cheer to children who came to see him.
Fresh Gatherings Café provided food and student volunteers helped with organizing the event. It was a wonderful celebration and a great way to give back to others during the holiday season.
This year, the college is helping a family with nine children. Gifts range from toy cars to kitchen utensils for the parents.
For those who are interested in helping this year or learning more about Santa SLU, please contact Julie Wolter at firstname.lastname@example.org.