Volunteers load large stuffed teddy bear into truckVolunteers load gifts for delivery to families in need during a pre-pandemic charity drive.

Campus celebrating record-breaking participation in Sponsor-a-Family charity

UWindsor president Robert Gordon will be joined by representatives of the Windsor-Essex County Children’s Aid Society to thank participants in the University’s annual Sponsor-a-Family campaign Monday, Dec. 5, as they drop off gifts headed to 76 area families and single-youth homes.

Sabina Howell, co-ordinator of the UWindsor effort long known on campus as Adopt-a-Family, says this year’s results are record-breaking both in number of families sponsored and the 62 groups and individuals who took up the cause.

“I’m thrilled and amazed at the commitment of our employees and students to Sponsor-a-Family,” Howell said.

“We were initially concerned that after a two-year pandemic hiatus and the impact of inflation we may not be able to meet our goals, but as usual, the University of Windsor community has met this challenge with open hearts and generosity to make sure every child and youth has a gift to celebrate the holiday season.”

Cheryl Sprague, president of the Windsor-Essex County Children’s Aid Foundation board of directors, says the need in the community is greater than ever.

“This is a difficult year. The rising cost of living coupled with the many challenges that WECAS families and youth that live independently face presents many challenges,” she says. “We are so appreciative of the great generosity of the UWindsor community. This will bring smiles to many this holiday season.”

Hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday cheer will be available from 11 a.m. to noon Monday as the CAS truck is loaded on the west side of the Stephen and Vicki Adams Welcome Centre. The full loading process will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.