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Holiday donations benefit community

Susan James, a baker with Sodexho, right, gives Chanell Cotton, a sophomore from Queens and a member of the Student Association, holiday gifts that will be distributed to needy families in the Binghamton City School District.
Faculty, staff and students at Binghamton reached out to the local community in a variety of ways this month, helping to make the holiday season happier for families throughout the Southern Tier.

Physical Facilities donated more than $6,000 and hundreds of dollars worth of toys to Toys for Tots. The department has become the largest local contributor to Toys for Tots, thanks in large part to its annual John Mangino Golf Tournament fundraiser, held in memory of laborer John Mangino.

Residential Life’s annual Hand to Heart campaign collected more than 1,500 gift bags filled with holiday presents for area children. Presents are distributed through the Salvation Army and Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference.

And the 18th annual Student Association holiday drive helped make the holidays brighter for more than 100 people in the Binghamton City School District. More than 25 departments and student groups adopted families in that effort.

“This is truly a caring and generous University and I am so proud of everyone who takes part in these holiday drives,” President Lois B. DeFleur said Dec. 8 as organizers of the SA drive gathered to give the gifts to school district officials.

“This year is particularly important because this region has been hit with disaster twice,” she added, noting many families are still struggling in the wake of June flooding and November’s flash floods.

It’s not too late to get into the spirit of the season.

Parking Services’ Toys for Tots drive continues through Dec. 22, with collection barrels around campus.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08