West Chester University is providing help for homeless students who spend the five-week holiday break on campus, writes Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In addition to providing students with free accommodations over the winter break, the university also offers some meals and a shuttle service free of charge.
The initiative was started by WCU football coach Bill Zwaan, who began buying holiday gifts for the school’s homeless students. Over the last five years, other staff members, students, their families, and a local restaurant have joined in.
“Last year was a huge success and this year is even bigger,” said Zwaan.
The 28 students staying on campus each received nearly $300 in gift cards and a treat bag. They were also given other gifts, including blankets, towels, sweaters, WCU t-shirts, pajamas, and a holiday dinner from Barnaby’s.
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