December 10, 2007

'Tis the giving season at Sacramento State

Rosalyn Klein reads gift wishes on the Giving Tree in the University Union. Rosalyn Klein reads gift wishes on the Giving Tree in the University Union.

The holidays are a time for receiving, but more important, it’s the season to give. That’s the focus for Sacramento State’s campus organizations, which are giving back to the community in as many ways possible.

The State Employees’ Food Drive is still accepting cash and food donations through Dec. 21. Food donations may be dropped of at either of the information booths at each entrance to the campus. Food collection boxes are located in almost every campus building and office—each collection box is wrapped in holiday paper. A list of food collection locations is posted at www.csus.edu/utaps in the News and Events section.

Those who wish to make food donations are encouraged to donate canned or dry baby food, powdered milk, peanut butter, tuna fish, pork and beans, canned meats, beans, peas and macaroni and cheese, as these are the most needed foods. The food closets cannot accept expired, homemade or opened packaged food.

In addition to the State Employees’ Food Drive, there are a number of other opportunities for students, faculty and staff to give to others during the holiday season.  

The Giving Tree:

The University Union, in association with the Sunburst Project, is working together to provide gifts this holiday season to children and their families who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Christmas tree in the University Union lobby is adorned by paper ornaments, each of which represents a child and their gift wish. To participate, take an ornament from the tree, purchase the gift and deliver it unwrapped to the University Union Administration office on the third floor of the Union.  On Dec. 10 in the Redwood Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a wrapping party and reception will be held.

“Anyone can help,” event services manager Rebecca Dietzler says. “They spend hours—it takes a while to wrap all those gifts.”

For more information on the Giving Tree, contact: University Union, 278-6997. For more information on the Sunburst Project, go to www.sunburstprojects.org.

Book Drive:

The Student California Teachers Association is sponsoring a children’s book drive.  Children’s books are being collected now, through December 20, on the first floor of the University Union at the base of the central stairwell, near Java City.  Books are being donated to local shelters to help homeless children gain literacy. 

For more information contact: Kasey Alderson, (916) 716-3023, SCTA president.

Toys for Tots:

The Field Biology Group will be collecting toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off until Dec. 15 in Room 119 at Humboldt Hall. The donated toys will be delivered to children who otherwise would not have a Christmas this year.

For more information contact: James Phillips, president of the Field Biology Group, at bigdawg5181@yahoo.com.