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Delta presents gifts

Friday, December 7, 2007  
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By Carly Darrow

This holiday season the men of Delta Gamma Sigma continue their tradition of spreading holiday cheer by participating in the Toys for Tots program.

Delta has participated in the Toys for Tots program since the mid-1990s. Senior Jason Miller has helped out with Toys for Tots each year since he has been in the club.

“Delta has been doing Toys for Tots for some time now,” Miller said. “I think that the program means a lot to the members of Delta because it is something we can do as a group to help out.”

The program started in October and runs through Dec. 7. The mission of the program is to collect new toys and distribute them as gifts to needy children within the community where the campaign is conducted.

Toys can be brought to the Christmas tree in the library, Delta President Stephens Copeland said. This charity campaign, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps, is open to any other organizations that would like to participate. 

People may bring money instead of toys to the Delta members, and they will go buy as many toys as they can with the money collected.

Miller said the Toys for Tots program means a lot to him because Christmas is the perfect time of year to give back.

“I would encourage all of the students on campus to get involved with this activity,” Miller said. “I think it is the least we can do as college students to make others happy around the Christmas holiday.”

Copeland said anyone can get involved by simply dropping off a toy. This toy will go to a child and help them experience the joy of Christmas and hopefully, offer them some encouragement. 

“It also unites members of the community and universities for three months allowing them to contribute to the community and help make it better. It’s always better to give than it is to receive. [The program] gives us a chance to help those who are in need,” Copeland said. “It’s nice to know you have made a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than yourself.”

Delta tries to do every service project offered and especially those projects the service club has been doing for many years and are now a tradition.

Miller said this program allows Delta, as a service club, the opportunity to pull together and do something special for the community around the holiday season.

Some children wouldn’t have a nice Christmas without Toys for Tots. This program allows them to celebrate the holidays and have a fun and memorable Christmas, he said.

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