Trine donates 36 trees for Project Help

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Trine donates 36 trees
to Project Help for families

ANGOLA, Ind. – Three dozen trees decorated by Trine University organizations and departments are being distributed to under-resourced local families by Project Help of Steuben County.

Work areas at Project Help are filled with donated items and look like a satellite location of Santa's workshop with a station for filling stockings with candy and small items, tables with toys and games, more tables with clothes and shoes and still another laden with holiday décor.

"Handing out these trees is an exciting time at Project Help," said Jennifer LaRose, director of the organization's benefit bank. "We make sure that those who need trees get trees."

The Angola-based organization works to match 4-foot trees with families lacking a Christmas tree. For example, a tree that featured tiny tablets and activity books will be given to a single parent and her toddler.

Each family that gets a tree will also be treated to a dozen cookies baked by Bon Appetit Management Company, the food service company that operates the dining room on Trine's campus.

This year, Project Help is assisting 60 families with 170 children, LaRose said. Some families have been adopted by area groups and families while others will be served directly by Project Help, a group formed in 1989 by the Steuben County Ministerial Association in an effort to have one place to meet the needs of lower income families in the community.

Those interested in adopting a family should contact Project Help at 665-9697.

Organizations, offices that decorated trees

Academic Affairs – White and silver ornaments starred on this tree that was topped with an angel.

Admission & Financial Aid – Green, white and silver were the colors of choice with a silver star on top. A garland with clear beads was run around the branches.

Alumni and Development – Sweets ruled with ornaments shaped like candies and baked confections. Even the ribbon was sprinkled with candy and appeared throughout the tree and on top. Silver and red glittery orbs completed the look.

American Chemical Society – A classic look was featured with red and gold ornaments on the tree that also had snowflake ornaments scattered on it.

Athletics – Red and green ribbon was cascaded down the tree that featured ornaments that could also serve as gifts. Among the assortment tied onto the tree were tiny tablets and game books, brightly colored pens, slipper socks that held candy canes, Santa ornaments, snowmen and red and white orbs.

Bon Appetit – A silver bird in a silver cage topped a tree decked out in green and silver orbs, red and silver poinsettias and iridescent ribbon with glittery trees.

Business Office – Teal-colored spikes flowed from the top of the tree, making it appear taller than the other trees. Gold ribbon wrapped its way around the tree, highlighting shiny teal orbs and accents.

Campus Safety – A silver star hailed at the top while white ribbon and reindeer, lavender and silver ornaments filled out the tree.

Cheerleading – Gold and blue ornaments were nestled among a blue ribbon garland on the tree topped with a big bow.

Chemical Engineering – A metallic angel hovered over this tree with Transformable Warriors, stockings, reindeer, elves, Santa and other colorful ornaments.

Circle K – Shades of blue and silver ornaments decorated the tree that featured white poinsettias and a big bow on top.

Civil Engineering – A black top hat suitable for Frosty topped this colorful tree decked out in red, green and white ribbon and silver beads. Ornaments in many colors, including pink, purple and blue, completed the tree.

Dance – A gold ballerina on top danced over a tree with golden orbs, silvery snowflakes and icicles.

Habitat for Humanity – A plush penguin perched on top presided over a tree scene of silver and blue decor.

Housekeeping – Reminiscent of a traditional look, red and silver ribbon adorned branches laden with red, green and silver ornaments and poinsettias.

Human Resources – White ribbon with silver swirls and bursts of sparkly blue set the tone for the tree that was filled with multi-colored orbs.

Jannen School of Arts & Sciences – Think classic Christmas and envision this tree with a silver star on top, red and silver ornaments and a holiday CD with a Currier and Ives cover tied on with ribbon.

Kappa Beta Gamma – Blue and gold were teamed for a big bow on top and throughout the tree with ornaments, golden snowflakes and gold frilly garland.

Kappa Sigma Alpha – A gold bow on top paired with burgundy and gold ornaments and gold beads.

Kappa Sigma – Merry Christmas was the message on this tree with a red star on top, green garland, red birds and green and red ornaments imprinted with Merry Christmas.

Ketner School of Business – A grapevine garland set the tone for a tree that featured plenty of snowmen and red ornaments.

Library – A snowman on top watched over red, green and gold ornaments that were set off with ribbon featuring a snowflake design.

Maintenance – It was a bit of glitz with a gold and white ribbon garland, silver and gold ornaments and red poinsettias with a touch of glitter.

Moss St. Apts. – Gold, red and green ornaments filled out the tree that also featured gold garland.

Multicultural Student Organization – A hot pink glittery star on top set the tone for this tree with hot pink and purple ribbon garland and coordinated ornaments.

Newman Catholic Fellowship – A clear glass ornament filled with a golden nativity scene was the centerpiece of a tree that brimmed with red and gold ornaments and was topped with a silver star.

Phi Sigma – Blue and gold ornaments hung from the boughs of this tree that was topped with a blue poinsettia.

President's Office – Blue and silver were the colors of choice for a tree topped with a large matching bow.

School of Professional Studies – A great example of a vintage Christmas tree with an assortment of Shiny Brite ornaments, pearl garland, glass candy canes, gold highlights and a gold star on top.

Ski Club – In a nod to what the club is about, the tree in blue and white featured snowflakes and orbs and was topped by a silver star.

Sorority Panhellenic Council – Red and silver ornaments dominated the tree that had a Santa on top.

S.P.E.A.K.  (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness & Knowledge)  – Red and gold ornaments made for a sparkly tree.

Student Education Association – Homemade dough ornaments were painted and strung on the tree alongside colorful orbs and a silver ribbon garland. A star constructed of pipe cleaners topped the tree.

Student Services/Ambassadors – Silver and blue starred on this tree topped with a big bow and adorned with ornaments and a ribbon garland.

Theta Phi Alpha – A snowflake danced on top of the tree that held red and gold ornaments and angels.

WEAX radio – Red, green and gold dominated this tree with a gold poinsettia on top, plenty of red bows, gold and silver garland and red, green and gold ornaments.