Claflin University students are no strangers to giving back. But this year, they've outdone themselves in donating toys to not one but two charities benefiting needy families this Christmas.
Since Thanksgiving, Claflin students have donated more than $5,000 worth of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and the Salvation Army. These toys will be distributed to the 1,300 area children identified by schools, churches and the state Department of Social Services as being in need. Overall, more than 320 students contributed to toy collection.
“Christmas is truly a season for giving. And our students have embodied the Claflin commitment to valuing people this holiday season by giving of their time and money to help out those who are less fortunate,” said Allison Sabb-Glenn, program coordinator for serving learning and community service.
Rebeccca Wolfe, manager of the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Orangeburg, noted University students haven't been just spending their money to help out others this Christmas - they've been spending their time as well. Wolfe said one weekend recently more than 40 Claflin students assembled bikes for local children and prepared the store for Santa's
Workshop, the Salvation's Army local distribution centers for toys during the holidays.
“They have been a tremendous help,” said Wolfe of Claflin students.
Senior Keiwon Brown gave a few action figures and teddy bears to the toy collection his fellow students put together. He noted the generosity and enthusiasm the student body displayed for this cause.
“I love how we got involved and are willing to give of ourselves,” said Brown. “This is what the Christmas season is all about.”