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Students’ Union Organizing Holiday Hampers for Peers

December 7, 2012 12:39 PM | News

University Centre on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus

Students at the University of Manitoba are pulling together to help out their fellow classmates who may need a little extra help during the holidays.

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) has began organizing its annual Holiday Hamper program to provide hampers and children’s gifts to students in need during the holiday season.

“We are happy to see the outpouring of support and donations from students, faculty, and others in the university community,” said Jennifer Black, UMSU’s vice-president advocacy. “With more and more students facing rising levels of debt, the holidays can present significant challenges for students and their families.”

University president David Barnard has personally committed to match donations made by members of the university’s board of governors up to $50 per person.

The program will be collecting food, toys and financial donations. UMSU will provide nearly 200 hampers to U of M students at the end of the campaign.

Individuals or groups interested in donating to the Holiday Hamper program can contact UMSU at (204) 474-6822 or drop by their office at 101 University Centre.