By Idamarie Tedesco

Life is full of moments that make you feel all warm and toasty inside: drinking a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace while watching your favorite show, acing that test you'd been cramming for weeks on, or receiving a present from a loved one.

This holiday season, it's our turn to give back in hopes of receiving that warm fuzzy feeling all over again.

The Office of Student Life, along with co-sponsors Campus Ministry and The Office of Service-Learning, is preparing its annual Christmas for Kids Program.

The Christmas for Kids Program has been taking place at Madonna University for the past nine years.

Nancy Penzato, Office Assistant for Career Services, has been in charge of the program for the past three years.

No stranger to lending a helping hand to those in need, Penzato has been a master at her craft for over two decades.

"When I was living in Indiana, I belonged to the Jaycettes, a group of women that work for the Jaycees and for the Christmas for Children, also. For 10 years I worked in that program called No child Without Christmas," said Penzato.

After coming to Madonna and volunteering in the Christmas for Kids Program for nine years, she was then asked to take it over.

There are currently 30 families and five senior citizens wishing for help and support this holiday season.

The families are found through the "Volunteers of America" out of Southfield, as well as the east and southwest side of Detroit.

"Families still need to be adopted," said Penzato. "Even if you don't get to adopt a family, we can always use students that would be able to deliver presents to the families."

Students, faculty members, departments, and athletic teams have until Dec. 10 to adopt a family.

Gifts will start being delivered Dec. 17.

"The most important part about this program is helping families in need," said Penzato.

If you are interested in adopting a family or senior citizen this year, contact Penzato, Office of Student Life, in Room 1411 or call her at 734-432-5427 for details.


Annual Christmas giving to surrounding community