Angel Tree drive, which collects items for children in economically struggling local families, leads week’s slate

The year-end holidays’ advent ushers in the annual giving season. And generosity is on this week’s schedule with the Center for Civic Engagement’s annual Angel Tree drive.

The drive, which started Monday and runs through Dec. 10, lets Norwich University community members buy and donate a gift for one of 50 children in economically struggling Northfield, Vermont, families. Norwich partners with Community Emergency Relief Volunteers, a Northfield nonprofit, for the drive.

Although groups like the Salvation Army run holiday toy drives for children, Norwich’s Angel Tree drive covers more basic needs, such as warm winter clothes.

Prepandemic, donors pulled numbered tags off a tree on Wise Campus Center’s lower level and delivered the gifts to the Center for Civic Engagement’s upstairs offices. But, continuing a system started in 2020, this year’s donors will match with children from months old to age 16, who’ve requested items themselves or through their families, by answering an online poll and having new, unwrapped items shipped to the center at 158 Harmon Drive, Box 58, Northfield, VT 05663.

Donors should include the request’s number, gathered from the poll, and a gift receipt with their donations. Donors who’d rather visit the center to deliver their gifts should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time.

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Children’s blue jeans were among the donations Norwich University has received for the annual Angel Tree drive. (Photo by Matthew Crowley/Norwich University.)

Center for Civic Engagement Director Nicole DiDomenico said although groups like the Salvation Army run holiday toy drives for children, Norwich’s Angel Tree drive covers more basic needs, such as warm winter clothes.

Showing the community’s service-before-self generosity, gifts were rolling in Monday morning. Boxes contained toddler-sized snow boots, snow pants and mittens.

“This is a feel-good one,” DiDomenico said of the drive. “It doesn’t require a lot of work on our part, we just put it out there, collect and send to the coordinator at CERV.”

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— GET THE GNOME HOME: The Campus Activities Board will hold a Gnome Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, hiding a character on campus for students to find. Successful finders can bring their diminutive quarry to the Student Activities Office in Wise Campus Center 211 for a prize and a Visa gift card drawing entry.

The gnome will be rehidden each time it is found. Follow @norwichcab on Instagram and Facebook and @NU_CAB on Twitter for clues on the gnome’s whereabouts.

— BRANCH NIGHT: U.S. Army ROTC will hold Branch Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in White Chapel. Students will learn their commissioning assignments.

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U.S. Army commissionees line up in May on Sabine Field. This week, Norwich University’s U.S. Army ROTC will hold its Branch Night, when commissionees will learn their assignments. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

— NO STRESS, JUST SUCCESS: The Academic Achievement Center will hold two workshops from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. One session, in Kreitzberg Library's North Instruction Room, will cover easing test anxiety and forestalling procrastination. The other session, on math skills sharpening with an eye toward final exams, will run in the center’s offices on the library’s fourth floor.

— EYE ON CYBERSECURITY: Norwich University’s Women in Cybersecurity club will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Mack Hall, Room 316. The group is open to students wishing to further their cybersecurity knowledge and skills; the meeting will offer information on cybersecurity-related scholarship, training, mentorship and conference opportunities. 

Norwich’s Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education Research joins the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Computing to present the session.

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