NEWTON, NJ—On Wednesday, December 19,  the Student Government Association (SGA) of Sussex County Community College once again have helped to make the holidays merrier for residents of three local nursing homes—Barn Hill, Bristol Glen and Andover Subacute.

The student group held a month-long drive (The Golden Wish Tree) to collect items for the residents and donated over 200 presents. On hand to help with the distribution of the presents were student volunteers, Matt Dorniak and Bryan Savitski.

“Giving back to the community and the local nursing homes was a priority for the holiday season,” said Chelsea Sullivan, President of SGA. “Seeing the smiles on the resident’s faces not only warmed our hearts but made us realize that what we were doing as a group was bringing the holiday spirit and spreading joy to the nursing homes and its residents.”  

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SGA’s officers are Chelsea Sullivan (President); Amanda Kirchoff (Vice President); Daniel Milford (Secretary) and Regan Dalby (Treasurer).

“This year’s  project, is an ongoing effort, which began five years ago to have our students give back to the community—especially to our senior citizens—who often times are alone or forgotten during the holidays.  The SGA was happy to carry out this worthwhile project once again,” said Heidi Gregg, Associate Director of Student Activities at SCCC.  “I’m so glad our students understand the importance of giving back to their community and realized the needs of others and then act to do something to help the less fortunate.” 

In addition to the donations of presents to the nursing homes, our Student Ambassadors raised $425 through various initiatives to help fellow students affected by hurricane, Sandy. With over $60 billion in damages, Hurricane Sandy caused devastation all along the East Coast. Sussex County residents and many SCCC students felt the impact of the storm.

For more information about our SGA and Student Ambassadors, visit us at or call (973) 300-2232.