Spread the Spirit

We invite you to be a part of the Villanova University “Spread the Spiritservice project. This year’s Christmas party for the North Light Community Center's children will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 in the Villanova Room (Connelly Center). The children and their families are brought by bus to campus for the party.  200 children and adults are expected at this event, so your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

North Light Community Center has asked if we would could “adopt” 30 families this year.

And we will again collect toys for the children from the Church of New Hope and Faith in West Philadelphia AND Cradles to Caryons in Conshohocken.  Clearly there is a tremendous need right in our own back yard, and without the kindness, generosity, and support from the Villanova community, these families would go without this holiday season.

If a department, organization, Residence Hall or group chooses to adopt a family, a fun suggestion is to create a "Giving Tree" in your office and each person could select a gift for the adopted family from the tree. One person could organize the gift list to ensure all gifts have been collected!

Christmas Angel

This year there are many opportunities to help!

  • BE A CHRISTMAS ELF - ADOPT A CHILD (or children) for the NOVAL Christmas party. Presents due by Dec. 6th.

  • ADOPT A FAMILY - 30 Families are available for adoption - Thank you! Presents due by Dec. 18th.

  • HELP SPONSOR THE PARTY - DONATE MONEY - Help Sponsor the party!
    Any departments wishing to make donations to help offset some of the costs associated with the party or for gifts can do so through an internal budget transfer.
Rays of Sunshine
    Gift Suggestions are below for Children from Church of New Hope and Faith and Cradles to Crayons (Sponsored by Rays of Sunshine!)

    Bring the unwrapped gifts to the following drop off locations:
             •  GAREY HALL- ALUMNI Lobby
             •  CEER Lobby
             •  Box outside of Student Involvement Suite, Dougherty 102
             •  Connelly Lobby
             •  Box outside of OIA, Dougherty 214

  • VOLUNTEER AT THE PARTY - Help set up, attend or clean up at the party!

  • CASH DONATIONS - A Christmas Elf will purchase a gift in your name.

Any questions, concerns or comments, please contact Joan Hawley, Marybeth Avioli, or Marie Witman, Chairpersons for the Villanova University Spread the Spirit Project.



Our Department, Organization, Residence Hall or Individual, will be adopting a family.
List the department, organization or individual name below:


If you have an age preference for children for the party, please specify below.
We will try to match up as best as possible.


You can choose multiple age groups! Bring toys to boxes in CEER, DOU, CONNELLY

Adopt A Child

  • Please purchase 1-3 items (no more)
  • Please limit amount to a total of $30.00 PER CHILD for the gifts
  • You will receive a spreadsheet with ideas, some interests and information about the child(ren) you are sponsoring to use as a gift guide.
  • Please place the unwrapped gift/gifts in a gift bag with a gift tag on the outside of the bag attached.  On the tag, please CLEARLY MARK THE FIRST AND LAST NAME OF THE CHILD. Bring these gifts to Connelly Center, St. David's /Radnor Room (behind the Villanova Room) on Friday, Dec. 6th between 8:30 am and 4pm.
    (Santa gives these gifts individually to each child at the Christmas Party.)

Adopt a Family

  • Families range in size from 2-6
  • There is no limit amount for the gifts
  • You will receive a spreadsheet with ideas, some interests and information about the Family you are sponsoring
  • Create a "Gift Tree/Angel Tree" in your office and add paper angels or candy canes that describe one item from the family's list. Appoint one person to oversee the list and gifts collected to ensure the family list is complete!

Donate Toys

  • Donate toys for Church of New Hope and Faith children - see lists below.
    Deliver these unwrapped gifts to drop off locations listed above by December 19th.
    (The Church members will pick up these gifts, Dec 20th from Villanova)

Donate Money 

  • Donate money for North Light party

Volunteer Time

  • Donate time - come and help set up, serve, or clean up for the North Light Party.