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December 19, 2011

La Salle University Students Spreading Christmas Cheer to Those in Need

La Salle University Toy Collection
La Salle University students Courtney Travers (2nd from left), and Preya John (4th from left), Br. Brother Ralph Bucci, F.S.C., Assistant Director, University Ministry and Service/Service Program (2nd from right), and Holly L. Kirksey, Community Service Associate, La Salle University Ministry and Service (far right) join with officials from Church of New Hope and Faith at the conclusion of a University toy collection drive. The La Salle community donated more than 250 toys to the church, which is based in West Philadelphia. The church will distribute them to families throughout the city.

As the fall semester winds down at La Salle University, students have not only been busy with final exams, but they have also been helping to 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 children and families.

“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 Holly Kirksey, community service associate for La Salle’s University Ministry and Service. “I’m so proud of them.”

Some of the projects that have taken place during the holiday season are:

Peer Ministries and Service collected more than 550 cans of non-perishable food items from La Salle students and presented the donations to area food banks.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee raised about $500 worth of gifts for about 50 area children.

The La Salle Organization Caring for Kids collected more than 250 toys that were donated to a West Philadelphia church who will distribute them to families.

The La Salle University chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania collected more than 100 gifts for area families.

The Organization of Latin American Students, working with the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association, raised more than $200 to purchase toys for Spanish-American families in the region.

La Salle Explorers Advocating Nutrition (LEAN) and fraternity Alpha Phi Delta have collected more than 60 cans and more than $100 for Philabundance. LEAN has also contributed over 100 breakfast bags to the organization Aid For Friends (frail elderly).

Students in the Circle K organization teamed with radio station B101 to buy toys for families through the Delaware Valley. Circle K served food and helped at a Santa Pancake Breakfast with members of the Kiwanis AKTION club for adults with conditions such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Pheed Philadelphia, a student organization, served dinner to 60 people at a soup kitchen called Face to Face in Germantown.

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity collected new toys and money and donated them to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

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.

The La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center collected toys from a variety of sources (including La Salle students) and distributed them to clients and families throughout the Philadelphia area.

Santa visits Building Blocks
Santa (La Salle sophomore Sean McCall) made a visit along with other members of the La Salle Student Ambassadors to the La Salle University Building Blocks Day Care Center, so children there could have their pictures taken with St. Nick.