Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: Featured Stories: December 2011
Student Ambassadors assist Santa with stocking stuffers at Erin’s House
Everyone loves a full stocking, but for those children who have recently lost a loved one, it can be a difficult time to celebrate. To help bring a wider smile and a ray of hope to these children in the Fort Wayne area at this Christmas season, the Indiana Tech Student Ambassadors helped to deliver stocking stuffers to an organization called Erin’s House.
Student Ambassador's helping out at Erin's House
Student Ambassadors deliver gifts to Erin's House for the 2011 Christmas holiday.
Written by: Mike Peterson, alumni director / December 2011

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”

These memorable lines are, of course, from the popular poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “’Twas the Night before Christmas”) written by Clement Clark Moore. Many children have high hopes on Christmas Eve that they too will be visited by St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, as he is better known these days, to receive a stocking full of goodies and toys. To assist Santa in fulfilling the dreams of many children around the Fort Wayne area, the Student Ambassadors at Indiana Tech organized a stocking stuffer collection on the Fort Wayne campus.

For two weeks in November, the ambassadors brought awareness to the needs of the children and teens that have experienced the pain and loss of a loved one. These young people have found renewed strength and hope and a place to grieve at Erin’s House. Erin’s House is a non-profit organization in Fort Wayne that provides free programs and services to both children and adults who are dealing with the death of someone close to them. Each year, during the Christmas season, Erin’s House employees and volunteers provide a festive Christmas party which includes the giving of special Christmas stockings to all of the children.

This year, the Indiana Tech Student Ambassadors organization collected five large boxes full of fun stocking stuffer items for the kids and young adults ages 3 to 18 who have found support at Erin’s House. Christmas is a time of hope, Erin’s House is a place of hope, and it is the hope of the student ambassadors that these stocking gifts they delivered will help provide a smile and an extra glimmer of hope to the young people being served by Erin’s House.

For more information about Erin’s House, please visit To learn more about the Indiana Tech Student Ambassadors, please visit the student ambassador web page or contact Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations at

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