La Verne students adopt kids for holidays

Tennille Wright
Staff Writer

Residential advisers and residents are doing their part to make the holiday season special, by “adopting” seven children from David and Margaret Foster Family Agency.

David and Margaret is an organization that provides services to children and families in need – from acting as a foster family agency to providing transitional housing for youth at risk of homelessness.

Victoria Flores-Villaleos, a residential adviser, came up with the idea while interning at David and Margaret.

“I had to do a project for my internship class and I want ed to do something interactive and bring it back to the school,” Flores-Villaleos, junior criminology major, said.

Flores-Villaleos took the idea back to the other residential advisers and they agreed it was a good idea.

Through donations from fellow students, the group plans to provide the children with at least two gifts each.

More than 150 wish lists were submitted from children affiliated with David and Margaret, and of those seven were randomly selected.

“I want to give the kids something to celebrate,” Flores-Villaleos said.

Wish lists submitted by children who were not selected will be distributed to various organizations that also participate in Christmas adoption

“My residents are excited about it. I have already received some donations,” Jessica MacCarter, junior psychology major, said. “I think they are really excited about the shopping part.”

The shopping will be done by a committee of 10 student residents and five residential advisers. The dorm residents said they hope to do this again next year.

“It is always good to help others,” Chalena Robertson, junior communications major, said.

“I hope housing will want to continue doing this (next year),”  Flores-Villaleos said.

Tennille Wright can be reached at tennille.wright@laverne.edu.

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