Ways to Give During the 2004 Holiday Season
The Temple community provides many opportunities to help the less fortunate this holiday season.
Through Nov. 19: The College Council and Phi Beta Lambda of The Fox School of Business are sponsoring a food drive to help families in North Philadelphia have a good Thanksgiving meal. They will be collecting non-perishable foods and donating them to Project H.O.M.E, which collects food for 400-plus formerly homeless residents and more than 300 families in the North Philadelphia community. The school's goal for this year is 500 goods.
Location: Speakman Hall, room 106.
Through Nov. 19: The Fox School of Business' student professional organization, Gamma Iota Sigma, hosts its Third Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Members will donate Thanksgiving food baskets consisting of non-perishable items to local churches, Trevor's Place, Salvation Army, My Brothers House, and Red Shield, as well as to the to College Council and Phi Beta Lambda's food drive for Project H.O.M.E.
Location: Two collection boxes are located in the risk management and actuarial department on the fourth floor of Ritter Hall Annex.
Through Nov. 19: The School of Podiatric Medicine's Hallux Helpers, an organization committed to encouraging service in and around the Greater Philadelphia area, is coordinating a food drive to benefit the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank. The Hallux Helpers also will be organizing donation drives throughout the year, including a winter shoe and coat drive in December and a donation of business attire to Project Home in February. For more information, please contact Nicole Branning at (215) 733-2556 or at email@example.com.
Location: Donation boxes are located in the main lobby and the third floor lounge of TUSPM's campus at 8th and Race streets.
Host an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 19 (registration deadline): The Peer International Educators of Office of International Services have planned a special event for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday, Nov. 25). If you have not already decided with whom you will be spending those holidays, consider sharing dinner with an international student. To host a student, fill out the information form at astro.temple.edu/~oispeers and fax it to the Office of International Services at 204-6166 by or before Friday, Nov. 19. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-4683.
Nov. 22, by noon: Students, faculty and staff are invited to donate or collect frozen turkeys. Several Ambler student organizations are hosting a turkey drive to support the Mattie M. Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler Borough. For more information or to volunteer to help with the Ambler Campus Student Organizations' Turkey Drive, call 215-283-1290. For more information on the Mattie M. Dixon Community Cupboard, call 215-628-3002.
Location: Ambler Campus, Administration Building, first floor.
Cell Phone Drive
Through Nov. 22: The Ambler Criminal Justice Society is collecting cell phones for Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter for mothers and children.
Location: Collection box at Ambler Campus, Bright Hall, Student Activities Office.
Nov. 29 through Dec. 8: The Temple University Community Service Association is sponsoring a book drive and blanket drive this holiday season. They will be collecting used and new books from on behalf of Better World Books, an agency that distributes reading materials to people in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Toy and Book Drive
Through Nov. 30: United Voices of Praise (UVP), the student gospel choir at Temple University Ambler, is holding a toy and book drive to benefit children and teens ages 7 to 19 who are currently patients at Temple University Children's Hospital. Latex toys may not be accepted. For more information, please contact the United Voices of Praise at email@example.com.
Location: Drop-off boxes are located at Ambler Campus in Bright Hall and the East Residence Hall lounge.
Holiday Card Making
Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Help the Sigma Chi Delta sorority create handmade holiday cards for the children of St. Mary's Villa. For more information, please contact Theresa Hanas, Sigma Chi Delta President, at Q2T@aol.com.
Location: Ambler Campus, Bright Hall, room 106.
Blanket and Food Drive
Through Dec. 2, Tuesdays and Thursdays: The Temple University Community Service Association is hosting a drive for Blankets, clothes and canned goods to help runaway teenagers and needy children in the Philadelphia area. For more information, please contact Kristina Ibanez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Student Center Atrium.
Coats and Cans Drive
Through Dec. 3: The Ambler Student Government Association is sponsoring a drive for new, unwrapped toys to benefit the children of St. Mary's Villa in Ambler. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 215-283-1283.
Location: Ambler Campus, in Bright Hall Lounge across from the Student Activities Office, and in West Hall.
Through Dec. 6: Gamma Sigma Sigma is collecting warm winter coats and canned goods to help restock the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank after Thanksgiving. Gamma Sigma Sigma members will also reach out to the community with a canned food donation drive at the Acme supermarket on Butler Pike in Ambler Borough on Saturday, Dec. 4. For more information on the Hugs from Home Campaign, contact email@example.com .
Location: A collection box is located at Ambler Campus, Bright Hall Lounge.
Through Dec. 6: Temple’s chapters of theRho Chi Honor Society, Pennsylvania Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Fraternity, Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity and Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity are collecting new, unwrapped toys and stuffed animals for children at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. For more information, contact Eileen C. Lichtenstein at 215-707-2429.
Location: Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy Building, room 502.
Holiday Toy and Book Drive
Through Dec. 10: The Division of Student Affairs' Division Relations Committee is collecting new, unwrapped toys and books. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 204-7131.
Location: Collection bins are available in student affairs departmental offices (Housing, Disability Resources and Services, THEO, Student Activities, the Student Assistance Center, Tuttleman Counseling Services, International Services, Career Development Services, Recreation Services, the Dean of Students office, the Vice President's office, and the Russell Conwell Center).
Through Dec. 10: The Ambler Criminal Justice Society (ACJS) is collecting "wish list" items, such as dolls and doll clothing, building toys, games, infant and toddler toys, art supplies, and sports equipment, for children ages 3 to 14 at Laurel House. All toys should be new and unwrapped. Laurel House also asks donors to consider giving gift cards for local retail stores, drug stores and supermarkets. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Location: Collection boxes at Ambler Campus, Bright Hall, Student Activities Office, and the West Hall breezeway. ACJS members will also have a table set up in the hallway of Bright Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 1, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Holiday Children's Party
Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Department of Campus Safety Services hosts its annual children's party in which it partners with the local community to shed light on neighborhood children during the holiday season.
Location: Johnson and Hardwick Cafeteria.
Gilbane's Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive
Through Dec. 13: Gilbane Building Company is sponsoring its third annual toy drive to benefit Temple Children's Hospital and local middle schools. Toy donations should be new and unwrapped. For more information, call Gail Johnson at 267-256-4500.
Location: Gilbane offices in Philadelphia (100 Penn Square East, the old Wanamaker Building, suite 1040), Lawrenceville and Wilmington.