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Dec. 2, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 7

It's 22 Years and Counting for BC Christmas Charity

The Boston Globe has Globe Santa. The Marines have Toys for Tots. And Boston College has Paula Forgét, whose annual Christmas charity drive, now entering its 22nd season, has become an enduring holiday tradition at the Heights.

The Facilities Services assistant director figures she's collected gifts for 10,000 needy children over the years. This season Forgét hopes to gather donations of clothing and toys for 400 in the care of the state Department of Social Services and 50 at the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain.

What has kept her marshalling hundreds of parcels each December? "If I decided not to do it, Christmas wouldn't come for a lot of kids," she said. And so she Santas on.

Contact her and she'll assign you the name of a child. She asks that you spend about $25 on a gift. Clothing is at the top of the wish list, but toys are welcome, too.

Packages are to be dropped after Dec. 15 at the rear of Ignacio B by the trade shops. She hopes to collect all gifts by Dec. 21.

A longtime beneficiary of the drive is the Italian Home for Children, which cares for abused and neglected children between the ages of four and 12.

"It is difficult for anyone to imagine what the holidays are like for children who have experienced as much heartache and disappointment as ours," writes the home's executive director, Christopher Small.

"Because of your thoughtfulness and generosity, our children were able to experience the same joy, wonder and excitement of the holidays as other children.

"Helping our children is a difficult job, especially during the holiday season, and support from our community is crucial to this effort. We couldn't do it without you!"

To take part in the drive, call Paula Forgét at ext.2-8875 or e-mail her at forget@bc.edu.

Have a holiday charity drive on campus? Drop a line to Mark Sullivan and notice will be posted at BCInfo.

-Mark Sullivan

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