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11/16/92

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Stanford Holiday Sharing Drive assists local communities

STANFORD -- Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11, Stanford University students, faculty and staff will collect food, toys, household items and clothing for the needy as part of the 1992 Stanford Holiday Sharing Drive.

The Stanford Volunteer Network is coordinating the drive by linking campus residences and academic departments with five local public service agencies. The agencies are Urban Ministry of Palo Alto, St. Francis of Assisi Church of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Mateo Community Services Agency, Mid-Peninsula Support Network for Battered Women and the Ecumenical Hunger Project.

Information about the agencies, and on what types of items are needed the most, is being made available through dorms and departments, student volunteers said.

The Stanford Volunteer Network is a student organization that operates through the Haas Center for Public Service, the campus focal point for local, national and international voluntary student efforts.

In association with the holiday drive, the Black Student Union is sponsoring a "Kwanzaa in the Community" food drive. (Kwanzaa is a nationally celebrated African American harvest holiday). Canned food and cash donations will go to the Ecumenical Hunger Project. There will be an all-community Kwanzaa celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Stanford's Kresge Auditorium.

For more information on these activities, call the Stanford Volunteer Network at (415) 723-0054.

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