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Toy drive this week to help children in need

December 6, 2010
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Looking to make a child’s holiday a little brighter? The College of General Studies Community Service Club, in collaboration with Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Kappa Delta sorority, are sponsoring a toy drive to help children whose families cannot afford much beyond the basics this holiday season.

From December 6 to 10, the CGS group and Pi Kappa Alpha will be collecting unwrapped presents in the George Sherman Union Link. At the end of the week, they will bring the presents to Dorchester House, a community and health services center in Dorchester, where they will be distributed during its annual children’s Christmas party.

Pi Kappa Alpha brother Adam Adelson (CAS’12) organized the toy drive after attending a Community Service Club meeting that included an announcement about the Dorchester House Christmas party. “I thought, you might as well donate toys there, ” Adelson says.

Adelson and Dorchester House Christmas party liaison Nancy Nguyen (CGS’12) partnered with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., to organize the toy drive at Boston University. Adelson then proposed the drive to his fraternity as a service project.

In addition to collecting toys, the CGS group will also be volunteering at the Christmas party. Members will “help out with face painting, games, and present wrapping,” says group advisor Heidi Chase, a counselor at CGS Student Services.

The toy drive takes place this week, from December 6 to 10, in the GSU Link, 775 Commonwealth Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to donate a toy.

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