Psychology Club helps local organization with "Santa's Workshop"
The Penn State McKeesport Psychology Club is assisting the Catholic agency, Auberle, with a special project to create an "Auberle Santa's Workshop" for the children at the home. The volunteers are coordinating this workshop so the children can shop for their siblings and parents for Christmas. This project will also enable the children to feel a sense of pride in selecting gifts for their parents.
Auberle has been dedicated to the mission of caring for and healing abused, neglected and troubled children throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 50 years. They have been able to help thousands of children and their families through their residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education and community programs. The ultimate goals of Auberle are family preservation, the reuniting of families in a positive home environment and preparing children to be responsible adults.
The psychology club organized collection sights on campus for anyone who wished to donate any new or unused item that would be appropriate for a child to give to a family member. Possible gift ideas included picture frames, gloves, coloring books, slipper socks, kitchen items, knick knacks, markers, perfumes, colognes, activity books, hair accessories, baby dolls, candles, scarves, small art sets, tossel caps, screw driver sets, flashlights w/batteries, watches, crayons, toy cars. Wrapping paper, tags, bows, tape and gift bags were also collected. Next week, the club will be going to Auberle to help the younger children make selections for their family's holiday gifts.