Binghamton University hosts annual holiday drives for families in need
Binghamton University students, faculty and staff aim to bring joy to the lives of needy families though various holiday drives scheduled for the coming weeks.
At 10 a.m. Friday, December 4, the Physical Facilities department will present a check for more than $5,000 along with dozens of toys to the Toys for Tots Campaign. Physical Facilities employees hold a number of fundraising efforts throughout the year, including the annual John Mangino golf tournament. Due to the dedicated efforts of Physical Facilities employees, Binghamton University has become a key contributor to the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
As part of the annual Hand to Heart Holiday Project, thousands of donated items will be sorted into more than 1,500 gift bags starting at 9a.m. Monday, December 7, 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 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 a little brighter for needy Binghamton-area children.
To assist with the increased demand for help at local food pantries, the University is also hosting a CHOW drive. Collection barrels were placed at drop-off points across campus on November 30. The drive will continue until December 7.
Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur and Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan will be on hand for the 20th annual Student Association Holiday Drive to be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 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.