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Kiwanis makes donation to Toys from the Heart

‘Toys from the Heart’ reaches registered capacity, donations needed

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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GIVING TO NEEDY CHILDRENSoutheastern Louisiana University accounting faculty member and Hammond Kiwanis board member Joe Morris, center, presents a $500 check to the Southeastern Student Athletic Advisory Council for the purchase of new toys for the annual Toys from the Heart drive. On hand to receive the donation are Leslie Rolling, left, senior women’s administrator and SAAC advisor, and John Roberts, president of SAAC.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual “Toys from the Heart” holiday toy drive has reached its maximum capacity of 400 registered children and is in need of donated toys.
     Southeastern’s Greek organizations Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta, along with the Recreational Sports and Wellness department and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA), have teamed up to collect toys for underprivileged Hammond children. The event is also sponsored by Sweetwater Campground in Loranger, as well as Lion Athletics.
     “We reached our maximum capacity of 400 registered children in just three days,” said Eric Summers, MISA director. “While this unfortunately illustrates how great the need is, it is also a wonderful opportunity to be able to impact the lives of so many children.”
     Summers said the students are asking the Hammond community and all Southeastern departments, faculty, staff and students to make a donation of a toy or a monetary donation toward the purchase of a new toy.
     One such community organization, Kiwanis of Hammond, has already stepped up to the plate. 
     “Kiwanis decided to donate $500 to the Toys from the Heart project and assigned it to the Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC),” said Joe Morris, member of the Southeastern accounting faculty and Kiwanis board member. “The SAAC is buying toys to be distributed from this donation and other donations it has collected.”
     New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8. Donation boxes are also located at the MISA office and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center. 
     Toys will be given to registered families Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     For more information about “Toys from the Heart,” contact the MISA office at (985) 549-3850. 

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