Annual holiday drives to take place this monthTweet
Students, faculty and staff aim to bring joy to the lives of needy families though various holiday drives scheduled for the coming weeks.
As part of the annual Hand to Heart Holiday Project, thousands of donated items will be sorted into more than 1,200 gift bags starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the basement lounge of O’Connor Hall, located in the Dickinson community. Sorting should take a few hours and then bags will be delivered to the Salvation Army and the Wyoming Conference Children’s Home for distribution. Each year, Residential Life and the National Resident Hall Honorary team up with the Salvation Army and the Children’s Home to make the holiday season brighter for needy Binghamton-area children.
The 21st annual Student Association Holiday Drive will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Old Union Hall. Hundreds of gifts ranging from toys to clothing to food certificates will be collected and distributed to over 100 individuals in the Binghamton School District. Tables will be set up to sort the gifts, which will then be transported to the schools and distributed to the families.
Toys for Tots drives are also being hosted by students in the College of Community and Public Affairs, as well the University Police Department. Physical Facilities has already raised $5,000 and donated several hundreds of dollars of toys to Toys for Tots this holiday season.
The University is also hosting a CHOW drive to assist with an increased demand at local food pantries. Collection barrels were placed at drop-off points across campus.
This Hanukkah, students plan to light up hundreds of lives through the Binghamton University Chanukah Toy Drive. All toys will be delivered to children suffering from cancer. Individuals can contribute by visiting http://www.JewishBU.com/ToyDrive.