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December 21, 2009

La Salle Students Help Spread
Christmas Cheer to Those in Need

As the fall semester draws to an end, La Salle students are not only busy preparing for finals, they are 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.

Students, faculty, and staff donated 200 gifts for the La Salle Organization Caring for Kids (LOCK) toy drive. LOCK collected and wrapped the gifts which will be given to families associated with La Salle’s Neighborhood Nursing Center and the Church of New Hope and Faith in West Philadelphia.

In addition, numerous student organizations came together to raise money for the Lasallian schools in the Philippines, which were devastated by a typhoon in September. "When we heard that other Lasallian schools were in need, we knew that we had to step up and help them out," said junior John Piree, a student leader involved in the fundraising efforts. "Many organizations really came together to raise money for our fellow Lasallians-The Masque, Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, and African American Student League (AASL)-all held fundraisers."

Piree also helped out on behalf of La Salle’s Peer Ministers who organized "Let Them Know It’s Christmas." In its third year, the Peer Ministers passed out bags throughout the campus dorms during finals week encouraging students to donate any non-perishable food. The food is then collected and donated to Project Rainbow at The Drueding Center, a local shelter for homeless families in Meadowbrook, Pa. In addition to the donated food, a check will be given to Project Rainbow on behalf of the La Salle Alumni Association.