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Mount student-athletes collect 100 holiday gifts for Newburgh families

December 08, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Student-athletes from various Mount Saint Mary College sports teams collected 100 gifts for 13 Newburgh families recently. Trevor Purcell, assistant director of Athletics (far left, back row), and Jessica Mushel, director of Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education (far right) oversaw the program.

Student-athletes from various Mount Saint Mary College sports teams collected 100 gifts for 13 Newburgh families recently. Trevor Purcell, assistant director of Athletics (far left, back row), and Jessica Mushel, director of Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education (far right) oversaw the program.

 

The Mount Saint Mary College Athletics Department is bringing some cheer to 13 Newburgh families in need this holiday season through the Adopt-a-Family initiative.

The program wrapped on December 8 with Mount student-athletes donating more than 100 gifts to the effort. 

Spearheaded by Trevor Purcell, assistant director of Athletics, with aid from Jessica Mushel, director of Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education, the initiative saw Mount athletes purchasing gifts and other necessities for more than 30 children. 

“Christmas is supposed to be a special time for kids, and the thought of children being disappointed on Christmas morning bothers me,” said Purcell. “So the purpose of this is to put something under the tree and smiles on children’s faces.”

For the parents, the athletes purchased supermarket gift cards to help put a great meal on the table as well. 

Purcell noted that the department is looking forward to continuing the Adopt-a-Family initiative next holiday season as well. 

“We want to make it bigger and better every year,” he said.