MONT ALTO, Pa. — It was gift-wrap central at Penn State Mont Alto Wednesday as staff worked diligently to wrap 200 presents for less fortunate families in Franklin County.
This was the first year for Mont Alto’s Adopt a Family program, in conjunction with Franklin County Children and Youth Service.
Penn State Mont Alto Director of Student Affairs Curtis Hoover spearheaded the holiday initiative just before Thanksgiving.
“A week before Thanksgiving didn’t give us much time to pull this together. But, I should have known that Penn State would rally behind this worthy cause. I had people respond to me immediately,” he said.
The cheerleading team contacted Hoover within an hour of his sending out his email.
“It was over their break. They weren’t even on campus. But, they went full out and adopted a family of six and purchased 45 gifts,” Hoover said.
Co-captain of the Cheerleading Club Brittney Wilson knew immediately that she wanted to help.
“I knew personally what it felt like to be on the receiving end of programs like this in my childhood and wanted to be able to pay it forward and give that experience to someone else,” Wilson said.
Wilson’s proposal to the cheerleading club was embraced with excitement.
“The cheerleaders are big on supporting others and huge fans of the holiday season. They saw this as an opportunity to give back, and I'm very proud of the effort we put forth in procuring items for the family we selected,” she said.