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From left: Fidelity Bank customer service representative Michelle McMaster, marketing and sales director Joann Marsili and financial analyst Alex Behr.

Volunteer groups at workplaces, universities and schools are wrapping up weeks of efforts to help the needy and less-fortunats. Among the charitable projects they organized:

- Fidelity Bank recently collected toys, clothing and other gifts for 50 area children in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties through the Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree Program. Employees at 11 local Fidelity Bank locations collected the various items. The Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign provides a happier holiday to some of the area's neediest families - by identifying needy children who live below the poverty line or have experienced significant crisis in their family - and provides clothing and holiday gifts for these children.

"The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is an opportunity for all of us to help local families and children during this season of giving," said Daniel J. Santaniello, president snf CEO, Fidelity Bank. "All of our employees realize the importance of supporting the communities in which we work and live, and providing for our neighbors in need. We are so proud to be a part of this Angel Tree program."

- Meanwhile, members of the Marywood University Aviators Club recently donated toys to the pediatrics department at Moses Taylor Hospital. The club raised more than $250 from an on-campus fundraiser.

- In addition, students from Valley View High School were among 250 community volunteers who came together with staff at St. John Neumann Church in Scranton to help stuff and distribute food baskets to more than 1,500 families.