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University Offers Opportunities for Holiday Giving

With the holiday season in full swing, students and alumni alike are snatching up gifts for friends and family. But during this season of giving, CSU Stanislaus provides many ways to help those in need.

CSU Stanislaus senior Stephanie Hopper started volunteering at the United Samaritans Foundation as a community service requirement for her Business Ethics and Social Responsibility course. Every week, she and her fellow students help prepare or serve food to the homeless and low-income residents of Turlock or sort clothing for the foundation’s clothes closet.

“The feeling you get from volunteering is not something that can be bought or given to you,” Hopper said. “It’s an overwhelming feeling of gratification knowing that one person really can make a difference.”

The United Samaritans Foundation welcomes volunteers to help prepare or serve meals and/or assist in the office and other facilities. To volunteer for the United Samaritans Foundation, visit unitedsamaritans.org or call (209) 668-4853.

The fall semester is wrapping up, but several university organizations are still accepting donations at the CSU Stanislaus campus in Turlock:

  • The CSU Stanislaus Office of Service Learning, Staff Council, Program for Academic & Career Excellence (PACE) and a number of campus organizations are supporting the efforts of Turlock Together — a group of local ministries, nonprofits, schools, charitable groups and service clubs — to collect toys for children in need in the community. Through Dec. 10, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be placed in blue barrels located in Bizzini Hall, Room 118; the bookstore; the cafeteria; Demergasso-Bava Hall, Room 202; the Faculty Development Center lobby; the housing game room; the Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway (MSR), Room 180; the music department lobby; Naraghi Hall, Room 259 and the Tutoring Center in the library.
  • The Student Veterans Club is supporting Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys in MSR 120 and 180, the Student Veteran Center in the Student Services building, and the first floor of the library until Dec. 20.
  • One Life is collecting gently used hooded sweatshirts for their “Hoodies for the Homeless” drive every Wednesday in the quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave. in Turlock, until Dec. 12.

Phi Lambda Rho sorority is supporting Emanuel Hospital by collecting teddy bears and pajamas in MSR 290 and the lobbies of Demergasso-Bava Hall, Bizzini Hall and the library until Dec. 13.

Updated: 12/05/2013
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