A couple in their 90s is still able to live in their own home due to meals delivered weekly, right to their own doorstep. A 5-year-old cancer patient anticipates a trip to Disney World when his Make-A-Wish dream comes true. A laid-off mother of two tearfully accepts toys so her kids each find something under the Christmas tree. And another abandoned litter of puppies has been placed in foster care, safe and well cared for, until forever homes are found for each.
These lives — and thousands of others — have all been helped through local charities supported by The University of Toledo’s Community Charitable Campaign, UTC3, which runs through Wednesday, Dec. 28. This year, every faculty and staff member is asked to “Simply Give” whatever amount he or she personally can afford.
Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs and UTC3’s 2016 campaign chairperson, said, “If you’ve ever been down on your luck, and we all have at one time or another, then you know that sometimes even the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. That’s what this year’s campaign is all about — the spirit of generosity. Collectively, we can make a huge difference by letting others know we care. So, even if you give just one dollar, please give.”
Donors may designate their gift to specific charities of their choice. To see the complete list of charities supported by UTC3, visit utoledo.edu/utc3. Make your gift by completing an ePledge form, accessible in weekly emails from Patten.
Each UTC3 donor will receive a free, long-sleeved UT T-shirt, plus an invitation to a University breakfast in early January. Follow the progress of this year’s UTC3 campaign at utoledo.edu/utc3.