DUBOIS, Pa. — This holiday season, students in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Club at Penn State DuBois continued their tradition of helping local individuals in need. Club members purchased items and assembled holiday care packages. They delivered those packages to area shelters that serve people who have been displaced from their homes, or who are victims of domestic violence.
Items in the packages included nonperishable food; personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste; paper products; cleaning supplies; blankets; and more. The packages were given to residents at Crossroads in Punxsutawney, a domestic abuse shelter; Haven House, in DuBois, a temporary housing facility for people who have been displaced; and the Pentz Run adolescent housing facility in DuBois.
“I feel this project is important to complete every year because there are individuals right in our own hometowns who don’t have the things that we take for granted every day under our own roofs,” said HDFS Club President Laura Ruane. “I feel it’s important that they can take care of their basic needs.”
To help those organizations provide their clients with everyday services, the students sought donations of household items to make up the care packages, and hosted fundraising drives in order to purchase additional items.
Students who are in the HDFS Club and enrolled in the HDFS program are studying to enter careers in social work, as counselors for addiction treatment, and in behavioral health and probation. In their careers, they likely will be involved with organizations such as the ones impacted through this project. Faculty members said that, in this way, the project also enhances the students’ education.