More than 200 from Pitt community volunteer for Christmas Day at Pitt

Pitt police and SantaChristmas Day at Pitt was again a big success, with more than 200 volunteers from the Pitt community serving up food and gifts on Christmas Day at Litchfield Towers Market Central. The event is organized by the Office of Community and Government Relations with its community partner, the Salvation Army.

Sodexo made more than 2,000 meals and more than 1,000 sets of hats, scarves and gloves — collected on campus during December — were given to adults. Children received more than 500 gifts and donations were given to FOCUS and Macedonia FACE in the Hill District and the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood.

This is the 13th year for the event, which benefits people in need in the community.


  • Santa and guests
    Keith Caldwell (School of Social Work) and his daughter, Bella, get some time with Santa Claus. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)
  • Food servers
    Greg Scott (far right), senior vice chancellor for business and operations, is joined on the food line by (from left) daughters Allie and Sarah and wife Beth, along with Meredith Mavero (Institute of Politics) and Pitt alum Bruce Mountjoy. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)
  • kids at the event
    There was no shortage of fun during Christmas Day at Pitt. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)
  • Family volunteers
    Dr. Mary Patricia Nowalk, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, along with husband Jim Nowalk and their son, Connor. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)
  • Volunteers and Santa
    John Wilds (right), assistant vice chancellor for community relations, gathers with other volunteers at Christmas Day at Pitt. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)
  • Kids dressed for Christmas
    More than 500 gifts were given out to children at Christmas Day at Pitt. (Photo by George Thomas Mendel)