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Quinnipiac University teams with Hamden community to make holidays happier for senior citizens

Quinnipiac University and the Hamden community are teaming up to make the holidays a little happier for senior citizens.

The fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run is scheduled for Dec. 18 at the Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave. The event is a collaboration between Quinnipiac's AM 1220 WQUN, the senior center, Arden House, Quinnipiac Bank & Trust and VNA Community Healthcare.

“It’s the spirit of the season,” said Steve Savino, WQUN’s assistant general manager and one of the main organizer of the gift run. “It’s part of the tradition of the season. Just to see their faces, it’s all worth it. It’s for a great cause. There’s nothing more you need than to see the smiles.”

Monetary donations as well as non-perishable food and new items such as gloves, hats, scarfs, blankets, gift cards and toiletries are being accepted at various Hamden locations.

“It’s not only about the gifts,” Savino said. “It’s more about the citizens and business community banding together to make sure our seniors know we are thinking of them.”

Contributions can be dropped off at the following Hamden locations: Arden House, 850 Mix Ave.; Atria Larson Place, 1450 Whitney Ave.; Eye Center, 2880 Old Dixwell Ave.; Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2969 Whitney Ave.; Hindinger Farm, 810 Dunbar Hill Road (cash only), ION Bank, 2989 Whitney Ave. (items only); Marisa’s Hair Salon, 374 Mather St. (cash only); Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave. (items only); Quinnipiac Bank and Trust, 2704 Dixwell Ave.; Subway, 2100 Dixwell Ave. (cash only); VNA Community Healthcare, 2319 Whitney Ave. (items only) and Whitney Manor, 2798 Whitney Ave.

Checks can be made out to Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run. In addition, online donations are being accepted at www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/steves-campaign.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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