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Saint Vincent students seek gifts for Pressley Ridge children

Jeff Himler
| Monday, November 12, 2018 7:03 p.m
Austin Bachand | Tribune-Review
The Neighborhood Trolley, modeled after the one used in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, sits in front of the St. Vincent Basilica while giving a tour on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Public relations students and the alumni office at Saint Vincent College hope to collect 120 donated holiday gifts for area children served by Pressley Ridge.

In a “Stuff the Trolley” event, gifts will be accepted from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Fred Rogers Center, on the college campus in Unity.

The event supports the Treatment Foster Care Angel Tree Campaign, which provides an opportunity for anyone to grant a wish to a Pressley Ridge child during the holidays. Event organizers note the gifts collected may be the only Christmas presents these children receive.

Those who drop off gifts during the event will be entered into a raffle for prizes including Saint Vincent merchandise and Steelers memorabilia, including a helmet signed by receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Free cookies and hot cocoa will be served to attendees. Saint Vincent’s Mister Rogers-inspired Neighborhood Trolley will be on hand, as will the college mascot, Vinny.

Those who can’t make it to Sunday’s event still can help by dropping off a gift through the following week at the college’s alumni office, on the second floor of Alfred Hall.

Last year, Saint Vincent collected 80 gifts for the campaign.

Pressley Ridge’s services include mental health services, foster care and residential treatment.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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