An SJR State holiday tradition continues through Project PRAISE
St. Johns River State College employees were able to help make Christmas a little brighter for 51 children with donations of toys, clothing and other goodies to the Project PRAISE organization. According to SJR State employee and Project PRAISE site coordinator Toni Mast, the College is one of the largest contributors in Putnam County to donate to the federal program managed by Putnam County School District. The gifts will be delivered just in time for Christmas to children selected by the organization who are experiencing economic hardship.
Mast said the Christmas project, one of the many projects sponsored annually by Project PRAISE, has become a College tradition. “College employees really look forward to receiving their sponsored child’s name. Some even shop together for items on their child’s wish list and then finish their efforts with small wrapping parties,” Mast said. “This project would not be the success it has become without the generosity of the faculty, administration and staff from all three campuses. I think it brings us closer together as an organization.”
Mast added that this is the 15th year the College has participated in the event.
For more information, contact Project PRAISE at (386) 329-0543.
SJR State employees and members of the Putnam County School District stand among gifts to be delivered to needy children this Christmas as part of an annual charity program of Project PRAISE.
From left: Casey Griffis, Terri Jones, Wanda Wilkinson, SJR State President Joe Pickens, Melissa Coleman, Susan Geoghagan, Courtney Carter, Susan Sutliff and Toni Mast.
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