Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
November 24, 2004
Charity drives ring in the season
Along with finals and graduation, another tradition marks
the end of the fall semester at Sacramento State—the chance to join in
the spirit of giving as the University holds its annual charity drives, along
with a few new ones.
The popular University Transportation and Parking Services food drive will return
this year from Nov. 15 through Dec. 17. As in past years, the University will
be among more than 100 state agencies expected to participate in the drive.
Donations may be made in food or cash, though cash is preferred as it allows
food items to be purchased in bulk. Every dollar contributed will purchase an
average of two-and-a-half pounds of food.
Food collection boxes are available at various locations around campus and food
may also be dropped off at the two information booths at the north and south
entrances to campus or directly to the UTAPS office.
This year a limited number of "2004 Holiday Food Drive" donation bags
will be available at the UTAPS donation locations. Donors will be able to visit
a location, pick up a bag, fill it and drop it off again at one of the three
drop-off stations. The most helpful donation food items are canned food, dried
and packaged goods and baby food and formula.
For more information on the UTAPS food drive, and a list of drop-off locations,
The University Union is gearing up for the holiday season with its annual Giving
Tree Program. The Giving Tree is already fully decorated and on display in the
Union through Dec. 17.
This year, the program will again benefit Sunburst Projects, a local non-profit
organization that provides support services for children and their families
living with HIV/AIDS.
The Union's Giving Tree is decorated with colorful bells, each listing a child's
gender, age and gift wish. Individuals or groups may choose a bell from the
tree and return an unwrapped gift for the child to the Holiday Giving Party,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10 in the Union's Lobby Suite. Gifts may also
be turned in to the events services office on the third floor of the Union from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19 through Dec. 9.
For more information on the Giving Tree Program, contact Bear Williams at 278-3908
or at email@example.com.
Student-run organizations are also getting into the spirit of the holidays this
year. Phi Sigma Sigma sorority will be holding a clothing drive for those in
need and the Human Relations Management Association (HRMA) will be collecting
new and gently used DVDs for military troops overseas during the holidays. For
more information contact Student Activities at 278-6595.
Student leadership organization Green Stings will also be holding a weeklong
charity event called "Random Acts of Kindness," or RAK, from Nov.
29 through Dec. 3. RAK kicks off its festivities from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday,
Nov. 29 in the Library Quad. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served and
toy donations will be accepted on the opening day. The rest of the week will
feature fun and philanthropic activities for the holiday season. For more information
contact Associated Students at 278-6784.
Last, but certainly not least, the University Staff Assembly will be doing its
part to spread holiday cheer by participating in this year's California Highway
Patrol "CHiPs for Kids" toy drive. USA will host its yearly Winter
Social and Toy Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the University
Union Ballroom. Members of the campus community are invited to bring a new,
unwrapped toy to the free event, which includes a light lunch buffet and beverages.
In addition, this year each person who donates a toy will be entered into a
special prize drawing.