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Giving Tree sets new donation record

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 19, 2022

Every holiday season, College of Lake County (CLC) helps children in need by ensuring they receive at least two gifts through its Holiday Giving Tree. This year, the Giving Tree nearly doubled the donation record set in 2020 with 90 plus families helped and more than 400 gifts donated. 

Children meeting Santa at Milk n Cookies with SantaDonations to the Giving Tree, which started nearly 20 years ago, come from CLC staff and faculty. They sponsor children of CLC students and children at CLC’s childcare centers whose parents registered them. Gifts are bought off lists provided by the families. 

For the first time, CLC held an event on campus where the children received their gifts. The college hosted Santa Dec. 8, where along with receiving gifts, children could take free pictures with Santa and enjoy milk and cookies. 

“This is a great opportunity for CLC to connect with our community and our students who have children,” said Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Gabe Lara. “Milk and Cookies with Santa allowed us to engage students, parents and their children and bring them on to campus.” 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.