Courtesy of The Monitor & Georgian Court University Athletics
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (December 22, 2016) -- Georgian Court University student-athletes, referred to as "Christmas Angels," partnered with St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, in purchasing presents for local families in need during the holiday season.
"This year, we have adopted eight families among our sports teams," said Mary Williams, Associate Athletic Director at GCU. "Our students collect the money, go shopping and just love this whole project so much. It also allows for the conversation of how we need to help those less fortunate. It's great that we can help so many families and live our mercy core value of service."
The relationship with St. Martha Parish, she acknowledged, is a "blessing to us here at GCU."
There is no doubt that the St. Vincent de Paul Society in St. Martha feels the same way.
"It's so heartwarming to see these athletes, these giant basketball players, picking out a doll for a small child. This is a big endeavor, and we serve 20 families with over 60 children," said the organization that serves the areas of Point Pleasant Borough, Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.