On December 16, 2013 the School of Public Health Support Staff Council offered SPH Faulty and Staff a chance to celebrate the holiday season in good company at the annual Holiday Luncheon. In addition to great food, a silent auction was featured for the third year at the event raising $920.00 in support of a holiday gift donation to the residents of Garden Villa Nursing Home.
"The silent auction is a way for the council to make money so that we can help people during the holidays. We chose Garden Villa this year because so many in nursing homes are sometimes forgotten during the Christmas season. We thought just giving the residents a small gift would make their holiday season a little brighter," said Support Staff Council President Sheila Glasgow.
Thanks to the generosity of SPH Faculty and Staff, gifts were delivered to 152 residents during lunch time on Christmas Eve. Each resident received a warm fleece blanket and gift bag filled Chap Stick, a comb, toothpaste, denture supplies, hand lotion, perfume or cologne, and some candy. With gifts to spare, the Council delivered the remaining bags to the Shalom Community Center for distribution among their guests on Christmas Eve.