UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Although the student employees at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery usually brighten their customers’ days with delicious sweets, they never forget to give back during the holidays.
“Penn State is really big on giving back to those who are less fortunate,” said Annie Murphy, the lead student supervisor at the Penn State landmark. “It’s very important to do something bigger than yourself and to give back in any way you can.”
Because the Creamery student employees are passionate about helping others, they use their own money to make an annual donation to local charities.
“No one charity is more important than the other,” Murphy said. “We choose based on what we feel needs attention at the moment.”
One issue that constantly needs attention, she said, is cancer.
This holiday season, the students donated their money to the Griffith Family Foundation’s Sideline Cancer initiative, which is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. The foundation has a chapter at Penn State.
The students donated $1,100 to the cause, much to the delight of Cathy Griffith, who is the president of the foundation.
“The Berkey Creamery student employees’ donation will help the club take pancreatic cancer off the sideline and to the finish line for a cure,” she said.