Humboldt State Community Shares Holiday Cheer - Humboldt State Now

Humboldt State Community Shares Holiday Cheer

Students, Faculty, and Staff at Humboldt State area pitching in to spread holiday cheer throughout the community. Here's a few ways HSU is making a difference this season.

Winter Wishes

Humboldt State’s Winter Wishes program is again bringing holiday cheer to area children in need. The effort brings together staff, faculty, and student sponsors who will buy gifts for more than 80 local youth.

Staff and student volunteers get new bikes destined for Humboldt County children ready for deliver in the Mail Services building.

The project began with former HSU employee, Bill Clem, who has made the holidays brighter for numerous Humboldt County kids for more than two decades. Forever Humboldt, the official association of Humboldt State, is helping continue Bill’s tradition.

Winter Wishes benefits children from the following county centers and agencies:
HSU Student-Parents
Eureka Women’s Shelter
MAC House (local homeless shelter)
North Coast Veterans Resource Center
Serenity Inn (alcohol & drug care services)
Youth Services Bureau (temporary and long-term transitional youth housing)

Sponsors can choose to give individually or can pair up with other sponsors and purchase $50 to $100 in gifts per child. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Facilities Management front desk by Friday, December 11 or at the Faculty & Staff Holiday Party from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Karshner Lounge on December 11. To become a sponsor, click here.

Love wrapping presents? Forever Humboldt invites you to help wrap these wish-list gifts on Monday, December 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Goodwin Forum and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Nelson Hall East 106. The gift wrapping session is open to everyone, and is another way to support this program. Supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Gifts will be wrapped and delivered by Friday, December 18.

For more information about the program, contact the office of Alumni & Engagement at (707) 826-3132 or

Toys for Tots

The Student Veterans Association is hosting a toy drive to support the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped and unopened toys can be dropped off at the Student Learning Center, the Forestry Building, the Library and on the Quad. Last day to donate is Dec. 17.

For more information, contact Caitlin Praus,

Coat & Jacket Drive

The Eureka Community Resource Center has several bins around campus to collect new or used coats and jackets. The bins are located in both the entryway and fifth floor of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, and in the entrance to the Depot. The Community Resource Centers are nonprofit community outreach services of St. Joseph Health-Humboldt County.