December 21, 2010
La Salle Students Help Spread
Christmas Cheer to Those in Need
As the fall semester draws to an end, La Salle students have not only been busy preparing for final exams, but they have also been helping make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need. In the spirit of Christmas, many student organizations have coordinated service projects to help those near and far.
“Our students give so much of their time and energy throughout the year, but they also recognize the great need for giving during the holidays,” said Mike Minetti, community service associate for La Salle’s University Ministry and Service.
La Salle students Christine Koyithara, Courtney Travers, and Shana Thompson with a handful of the 250 Christmas gifts that were collected on campus for local families in need.
Some of the projects that have taken place during the holiday season are:
- The La Salle Organization Caring for Kids (LOCK) toy drive. Students, faculty, and staff donated 250 gifts, which will be given to local families in need.
- Circle K, comprised of students who are responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to community service, organized a campus-wide collection of coats to be donated to the Feel the Warmth organization.
- Two of the University’s tutoring groups, Team Lasallians, who tutor court-adjudicated students at the Brother Rousseau Academy, and Neighborhood Tutors, who tutor public school students from La Salle’s neighborhood, each held Christmas parties for their students, which included pizza, gifts, games, and crafts.
- Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity collected new toys and money to be donated to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
- Two student groups also organized projects to aid those abroad. Students for Free Enterprise (SIFE) collected soccer balls that will be sent to children in Haiti through the Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Also, La Salle’s chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi society, the Hispanic honor society, sold chocolates to raise money for Makunga, which helps poor children in Latin America.
- La Salle’s Students Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) led an “adopt-a-kid” program by collecting new toys to be given to local children in need.
- In its fourth year, La Salle’s Peer Ministers passed out bags throughout campus dorms during finals week encouraging students to donate any non-perishable food, as part of “Let Them Know It’s Christmas.” The food is then collected and donated to Project Rainbow at The Drueding Center, a local shelter for homeless families in Meadowbrook, Pa.