Holiday Giving at LIU Post Helps in Many Ways
Marcia Harrington, M.F.A.,Director of Public Relations
This year’s holiday giving at LIU Post included food and clothing drives, toy collections, and a wish-come-true effort:
President’s Holiday Party: While enjoying holiday cheer, staff brought food and gifts to be donated to the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. The toys will be distributed to children from underprivileged homes at the bureau’s annual Milk and Cookies with Santa party this Friday. LIU Post has been a partner in this program for the past six years. The agency was chosen because, as one of LIU Post’s closest neighbors, they serve families in the local Brookville, N.Y., area. About 100 gifts were donated and five large boxes of food were collected to support the bureau’s food pantry.
Student Life and Leadership Development (SLLD) Snowflake Project: FEGS Health and Human Services, an organization that serves individuals and families in need, sent SLLD a wish list of 35 items for their clients. These wishes were written on snowflakes and displayed in Hillwood Commons. Students, staff, and faculty made the wishes come true by donating the requested gifts.
Residence Life Food Drive at Midnight Breakfast: Non-perishable food was collected at the Midnight Breakfast on Dec. 16 in the Winnick Student Center. Nearly 10 boxes of food were collected for Island Harvest, a food bank that distributes to soup kitchens throughout Long Island.
Newman’s Hat, Scarves, Gloves, and Socks Drive: Donations were collected in the month of December and given directly to homeless people in Manhattan.
Accounting Society’s Toys for the Holidays: Accounting students brought boxes to 40 local accounting firms to collect toys for children in need through the U.S. Marines for Toys for Tots program. Boxes were placed in Lorber and Roth Hall as well.
Local agencies expressed appreciation for the generosity of LIU. Sandra Potter, youth program coordinator at Glen Cove Youth Bureau, was thankful for the gifts of toys and food to her agency.
“Truly, we are so very grateful for the generosity of our partners at LIU,” she said. "It really makes a difference for the families we serve. Many of these children wouldn’t have any gifts were it not for your contributions. And the food that was given goes out to families in real need, not only at the holidays, but over many months in the year ahead."
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