College, Meals on Wheels join forces to provide senior presents

Dec 24, 2013 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Seniors citizens in Fremont County will receive personalized Christmas cards this year from students and staff at Central Wyoming College.

The effort is part of an annual fundraiser through Meals on Wheels. For the past five or six years, employees in CWC's administrative services and business offices have gathered Christmas gifts to be delivered to senior citizens through the food service program.

"It just gives them something warm for the holidays," classified staff association president Amanda Peterson told the CWC Board of Trustees this month. "We invite everyone at the college to participate by donating."

The packages include lip balm, lotion, warm socks, Kleenex and candy as well as CWC pens and magnetic clips. This year, Peterson said, each gift will contain a handwritten card from a student in the Second Wind program.

The grant program provides work and life skills to students with the goal of reducing the chance of recidivism.

"They wrote 67 Christmas letters to be submitted to all the recipients," Peterson said. "We took those letters and put them in with the Christmas cards many of us signed down here in the business office."

She said her department starting putting together the packages years ago instead of exchanging gifts among themselves.

"We decided to do something for the community," Peterson said.

This is the first year they have included letters in the process.

The bundles were delivered to the Riverton Senior Citizens Center this week and will go out to local homes in need in time for Christmas.

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