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Seton Hall Invites Community to Christmas Tree Lighting, Toy Drive

By JOE GROGAN

December 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Seton Hall University is inviting South Orange residents to its fourth annual Christmas tree lighting on the university green at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will feature music by the university’s choirs and pep band, a Christmas toy drive and free holiday treats. 

“It’s a beautiful ceremony for the whole community,” said Jennifer O’Sheal, director of special events.  “Everyone from the university and local communities is welcomed to join us.”

Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy as part of the school’s Division of Volunteer Efforts donation drive. All toys collected will be sent to children in South Orange and to an orphanage in Appalachia, Va., part of a Seton Hall partnership. Everyone who donates will get a blue Santa hat.

A short Mass will precede the ceremony in the Immaculate Conception Chapel, located adjacent to The Green, along with a blessing of the university’s nativity scene. Other attractions include pictures with the pirate mascot and free ornament decorating.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

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