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DHS News November 2011  

pdf.gif November 2011 DHS Newsletter

Holiday Project benefits from community ‘gifts’

Through collection drives organized by the business and nonprofit communities as well as gift donations from generous individuals throughout the county, the DHS Holiday Project aims every year to provide at least one meaningful gift during the holidays to children in need who are involved with the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families. 

In November, the Holiday Project was itself the recipient of three generous “gifts” from students, nonprofit leaders and a roofing business in Canonsburg, Pa.

On Nov. 22, 13 students from Upper St. Clair High School and 37 students from Pittsburgh Brashear High School helped the DHS Event and Donations Team match more than 200 children and youth in need to a meaningful gift. The students are part of the YMCA CHANGES program, which “engages high school students to make positive impacts within their communities and to bridge understanding of diverse people and neighborhoods through civic engagement and team building activities.”

On Nov. 18, Lisa Kuzma, program officer at Richard King Mellon Foundation, dedicated her monthly Lisa’s Loft event to the Holiday Project, asking guests to bring a gift. The event generated more than 50 meaningful gifts for children and youth in need.

In addition, CentiMark Corporation, a national leader in commercial roofing, gave $5,000 to benefit the Holiday Project this season.

“While roofing is our business at CentiMark, giving back to the community is our commitment,” said Kathy Slencak, CentiMark manager of public relations. “It’s important to our chairman and CEO, Ed Dunlap, that all the children in our area have happy holidays.” 

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