At FDU, spreading holiday cheer and helping those in need
By Madinah Muhammad
It’s the time of the year to give, share and come together to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The Fairleigh Dickinson University community is doing just that to create a happy holiday season for the less fortunate. Donation drives across the Florham and Metropolitan campuses in November and December collected toys for children, canned goods for the hungry, and coats and clothing for the homeless.
Hurricane Maria relief — Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program
The Educational Opportunity Fund program on the Florham and Metropolitan campuses asked the FDU community to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, through donations of food and household items. EOF provides financial assistance and support services to minority students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. With the support of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County and Major League Baseball pitcher Hector Santiago, more than 80 boxes of donations are being securely transported to and distributed throughout Puerto Rico.
Toy drive — Office of Campus Life
Coat drive — Enactus
The Florham Campus chapter of the Enactus organization, which encourages students to embrace entrepreneurship to improve social issues worldwide, held a coat drive. Members collected more than 20 bags and boxes of coats and clothes for the Market Street Mission in Morristown, N.J. Market Street Mission hosts an annual coat drive where they distribute donated coats and clothes to people in need in Morristown and Asbury Park, N.J.
Food drive and gift drive — Knights Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The Knights Student Athletic Advisory Committee recently participated in “All Wrapped Up,” collecting $500 worth of gifts. The donations will be distributed to local individuals and families through the Bergen Volunteer Center. Earlier in the semester, SAAC joined forces with Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Epsilon Phi to collect food to benefit the Center for Food Action. They donated 300 items to the cause.
Food drive — Mental Health Counseling Honor Society
At the Florham Campus, the Phi Delta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (the Mental Health Counseling Honor Society) collected more than 300 items for the Chester/Mendham Food Pantry. The pantry assists families in the community with non-perishable food items, and hygiene, health and beauty products.
Toy and clothes drive — Office of the Metropolitan Campus Executive
The Office of the Metropolitan Campus Executive hosted its annual Secret Santa Holiday Drive to provide toys and clothing to more than 50 children, in collaboration with the Youth Consultation Service (YCS) in Hackensack, N.J. YCS works with children who have suffered abuse, neglect or have special needs.
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