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Graduate students spread holiday cheer through coat, toy drives

Two young women stand in front of a holiday tree in the lobby of Penn State Children's Hospital.

Angela Snyder, left, and Michelle Douthitt, right, neuroscience PhD students at Penn State College of Medicine, drop off donated toys to Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Graduate students at Penn State College of Medicine provided toys to children at Penn State Children’s Hospital and collected coats and blankets for those in need during the holiday season.

For more than a decade, the Graduate Student Association at the College of Medicine has organized a coat drive.

Faculty, staff and students from the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center donated coats and blankets.

Victoria Silvis and Erika Dahl, students in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program, delivered coats to the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg and dropped off blankets at local animal shelters Dec. 6.

This year’s coat drive was done in association with One Warm Coat, a national nonprofit organization.

The graduate students also collected toys for patients at the Children’s Hospital and delivered them Dec. 19.

A young woman stands next to a large bin full of bags of winter coats.

Victoria Silvis, a biomedical sciences PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine, loads donated coats for delivery to Bethesda Mission.

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