'Toys from the Heart' drive benefits area children
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TOYS FROM THE HEART -- Members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi prepare toys for donation during the 2007 “Toys from the Heart” holiday drive. The fraternity hopes to donate at least 300 toys this holiday season to local children. From left are Corey Brown, Gretna; Breland Williams and Elias Brown, Kenner.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University students are getting into the holiday spirit by participating in the second annual “Toys from the Heart” holiday toy drive Nov. 17-Dec. 5.
Southeastern’s Nu Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi has teamed up with the offices of Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) and Recreational Sports and Wellness to sponsor the community toy drive.
New, unwrapped toys, suitable for children up to age 12, can be delivered to the MISA office, War Memorial Student Union room 206, the union mall, or the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of General Pershing St. and University Avenue. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase toys for area children.
Families interested in receiving toys may register for the drive by calling the MISA office, (985) 549-3850, Dec. 1-12 and providing the children’s names and ages. The first 300 children to sign-up will be eligible, said Makeitta Darbonne, MISA coordinator.
Toys will be distributed Dec. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Registered children must be present to receive their toy and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Darbonne said the community service project’s goal is to collect a minimum of 300 toys.
“We’re extending an invitation to anyone interested in participating,” she said. “It’s a special experience to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they receive their gift and I hope we can make many children happy this holiday season.”
Joshua Ikegulu, Nu Omega community service chair, said the toy drive is a great way to give back to the community.
“We hope the response of donations is just as great, if not greater, than last year,” Ikegulu said. “We’d like to thank everyone who participated last year and hope people find it in their hearts to give once again.”
For more information about “Toys from the Heart,” contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs at (985) 549-3850.