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Volleyball and softball assist CARE for Children
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Players assist with decorating

The Pitt-Bradford volleyball and softball teams each participated in decorating the CARE for Children agency on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Under the guidance of head volleyball/softball coach Tina Phillips and CARE Executive Director Tina Martin, the student-athletes spent nearly two hours decorating.

CARE for Children is an agency that was founded in 1924 by local government, the school districts and area Rotary Clubs to better assist crippled children. The organization originally transitioned from the McKean County Easter Seals Society and grew into CARE for Children.

The agency is currently working to make a difference in the lives of children in rural McKean County and the surrounding region. It has adopted the new slogan Building Campaign for the Future of Children of All Abilities.

The players broke up into groups, each with different duties. One group stayed upstairs and hung lights and ornaments on the main tree visible when children and parents enter the building.

A separate group was responsible for decorating smaller trees that will stand individually throughout the building. A third group spent time downstairs entertaining some of the children on hand.

“We enjoy having a relationship with CARE for Children,” said Phillips. “The players always enjoy giving back to the community, especially in the holiday spirit. This is something we will look forward to participating in each year.”

With this being the first year the Panthers have taken part in decorating, Martin looks forward to the assistance and fellowship for years to come. 

"With this being our first year in the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center, we wanted to make it warm and welcoming for the holidays," said Martin. "We appreciate Coach Phillips and the Lady Panthers for their willingness to help us make the season bright for all who enter the building. We are grateful they lend their time and talents to help us and support our mission of improving the lives of local children."