Webster Volunteers Serve Cheer at Peter and Paul Holiday Party

| December 19, 2012
Peter and Paul

“Santa” heard the wishes of his fellow faculty members too.

The mood was festive and smiles were bright at the annual holiday party for the homeless staffed by Webster University volunteers at Peter and Paul Family Services in Soulard on Dec. 18.

The party is a long-running annual tradition, and in fact a group of local Webster University community members volunteer at the agency at least once a month throughout the year.

While more than 200 underprivileged St. Louisans were enjoying meals at tables decked out in holiday fashion, a big “HO! HO! HO!” could be heard from “Santa” over by the Christmas tree: Webster faculty member Ralph Olliges assumed the role and enjoyed the smiles of kids of all ages who visited him to share their wishes.

The younger kids received presents from Santa, which were donated by the Webster University community, including faculty, staff, families and friends. The Webster group served the meals with a smile and a friendly “Merry Christmas!” while others sat at the tables and visited with folks.

To add more merriment to the event, Webster faculty member Dan Hellinger, aka “Mando Man,” performed with Adrienne Burke and Chris Pin. The trio encouraged folks to sing along. As an extra treat, folks received hats, gloves, scarves and socks upon their departure.

It was a special evening for the less fortunate, thanks to the generosity and friendliness of members of the Webster University community.

Category: Campus Snapshots, St. Louis Campus News

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