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Community Experience plays Santa to state's foster children
|Samantha McNulty and Misty Salaz hang gift request ornaments on the Giving Tree in the UNM Student Union Building. Photo by Carolyn Gonzales.
Community Experience, an executive agency of the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico, was created to provide an opportunity to students to get involved in service projects benefiting the city of Albuquerque.
In addition to collecting 763 pounds of food for Roadrunner Food Bank for Thanksgiving, the group is also playing Santa.
The Giving Tree went up in the SUB recently and will remain up through Dec. 17. Individuals can take down ornaments with a child’s name and requested gift, purchase the gift and bring it back to the SUB for distribution.
The gifts will be donated to foster children around New Mexico. UNM students from communities around the state will deliver the gifts in their hometowns, expanding the group’s reach beyond Albuquerque.
The Giving Tree is jointly sponsored by Community Experience, the SUB and the Student Residence Centers.
Community Experience also hosts Spring Storm, an annual event organizing students, staff and faculty to be engaged in a one-day community improvement event. They also host an annual blood drive. For more information about Community Experience, call 277-0106.