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It Will be a Bright Holiday for Many Thanks to the Stuff-A-Cruiser Event

December, 2018
  • QCC student George Baraklilis and Blue Santa
    QCC student George Baraklilis and Blue Santa
  • Donations abounded during the Stuff-A-Cruiser event at QCC's main campus.
    Donations abounded during the Stuff-A-Cruiser event at QCC's main campus.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja drops off a toy for the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
    QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja drops off a toy for the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
  • From left: Reynaldo Rodriguez and Stephen DiGiovanni
    From left: Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni help set up the toys that were donated for QCC families in need.
  • Blue Santa at QCC Southbridge
    Blue Santa made a stop at QCC Southbridge. From left: QCC cadets Nicholas Choiniere, Bryce Baker,Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez and Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Cecchi (aka Blue Santa)

QCC’s annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event was once again a huge success, with this year's event raising more than $400 in cash donations and over 300 toys. The cash donations were allocated to the "Feed-A-Family" portion of the event and distributed to families in the form of grocery store gift cards. According to QCC Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor Tina Wells, over $1,000 was raised this year which will help over 40 families.

The three-day event was held at QCC’s main campus, Southbridge Campus and Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester, with "Blue Santa" helping to collect donations and bringing cheer to everyone.       

"The students who I spoke with during the distribution were grateful, often tearful, that they were given this gift; for many it was the only opportunity to have a gift for their children/families or the difference between a holiday celebration or a standard meal," Ms. Wells said.                     

"Portraying Santa in a blue suit again for the third year in a row was an amazing experience and brought about pure gratification. However the true joy came from all the students, parents, faculty and the children who I encountered during the three events," said  Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Cecchi. " Once again thank you to everyone who made this possible. Your gracious giving and community support has sustained and enhanced this wonderful QCC tradition of Feed-a-Family for over 30 years."

 

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