Giving back is a core value of the Salus community, especially during the holiday season. In the past few weeks, donation boxes and charitable acts could be seen all over campus.
The National Student Optometric Association (NOSA) held a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting all of the essentials for a hearty holiday meal. NOSA used some of its own funding in addition to collecting donations from faculty, staff and students to ensure 13 families could have a turkey dinner, complete with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides this holiday.
Learning Resource Center (LRC) staff members are collecting pet supplies for the SPCA now through December 8. Donation boxes are located at the entrance to the LRC. The LRC will also be helping students unwind during the holiday season by hosting a therapy animal event on Friday, December 8 from 12-2 p.m.
For the twelfth year, members of the Salus community delivered full Thanksgiving meals prepared by the University’s Café, operated by Williamson’s Culinart, to local community members. The team dropped off Thanksgiving feasts to more than 50 members of the Jenkintown and Cheltenham Police Departments. They also delivered meals to 25 residents living at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Cheltenham, which offers no-cost housing to patients undergoing cancer treatment in the Philadelphia area.
Kevin McClure ’19OD has volunteered his time delivering meals the past few years and always looks forward to beginning the holiday season with an act of kindness.
“I enjoy delivering the meals because it has become a tradition for me, and it’s something simple that I can do to give back to the local community,” he said.
Salus “original” staff members David Wisher and Dr. Larry McClure, who are both now retired, and bursar Esther Colón were joined this year by President Dr. Michael Mittelman and his daughter, as well as Kevin McClure ‘19OD, Chrystyna Colón, Patty Burke, assistant registrar, Gary Hughes, director of Safety and Security, Kerri Dougherty, Safety and Security administrative assistant, Don Kates, chief financial officer, and Drs. Gwenn Amos and Mark Street, assistant professors in the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Lisa Blade and Larry Fulbright were on hand from Culinart.