The Miami Holiday Project needs volunteers to donate time and money to provide bags of gifts for local children in foster care.
The Miami Holiday Project needs volunteers to donate time and money to provide bags of gifts for local children in foster care. Photo: Scott Kissell

Miami Holiday Project: How you can help and maybe win a gift basket

Two gift baskets

CPAC raffle benefits the Holiday Project and offers a chance to win a gift basket. (Photo by Alicia Miller)

By Kristal Humphrey, university news and communications

You can help the Miami Holiday Project brighten the holidays for some local children.

The annual service project accepts donations for holiday gifts for children in foster care in Butler and Preble counties. It is sponsored by the Classified Personnel Advisory Committee and the Unclassified Personnel Advisory Committee.

According to Anita Sackenheim, chair of the project, they typically help 80-90 children per county. All of the children are under county court supervision, many due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

“Our gifts are the only gifts many of the children will receive,” Sackenheim said. “They are excited to get a new pillowcase or their own toothbrush, but we aim to give them not only things they need but also gifts they desire.”

A way to help and possibly win a gift basket

The Classified Personnel Advisory Committee is sponsoring a raffle for the chance to win one of two gift baskets, each with an estimated value of $200. One basket includes items/gift certificates from Oxford vendors, and the other one includes donations from Miami departments.

The Miami spirit basket includes, among other things, four hockey tickets and free parking in President Greg Crawford’s parking space for one week.

Raffle tickets are on sale until Thursday, Nov. 14, and can be purchased from any committee member. The cost is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets (All proceeds benefit the project.)

Winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 18.

More ways you can help

  • Sponsor: You can sponsor a child for $100.
  • Donate: Donate gifts or hold a fundraising activity with your office or division.
  • Sort: Sort books into age groups noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 30, in 106 Phillips Hall and sort other gifts at noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, in 218 Phillips.
  • Shop: Join other shoppers at 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hamilton Meijer.
  • Wrap: Wrap gifts 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Dec. 9-12, at the Phillips Hall racquetball courts.

There is a great need for cash donations this year. Donations of cash and gifts in kind need to be made by Wednesday, Dec. 4. All donations should be sent or brought to Miami Holiday Project, c/o Anita Sackenheim, 106 Phillips Hall, 420 S. Oak St., Oxford, OH 45056.

Sign up to volunteer online.

For more information about the raffle, contact Laura Desmond, CPAC chair, at For more information about the Miami Holiday Project, contact Sackenheim at or 513-529-2700.