Student Government Association Collects Donations for United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program
More children will have smiles on their faces this Christmas holiday because of the work between Reinhardt University’s Student Government Association and the United States Marine Corps Reserves. The two groups partnered this year to host a Toys for Tots program, which was held in November on the University’s campus in Waleska, Ga.
Dr. Walter May, director of student activities and assistant dean of students, shared that this project was chosen by the SGA because “it was an opportunity for not only its members, but for the entire campus community to give to those who are less fortunate. It was also an chance to share our good fortune with others who are less fortunate. Simply put, it was just small way to make a child smile on Christmas!”
Toys for Tots is a toy drive to collect new and unwrapped toys for children and teenagers in need. Members of the campus community were asked by the SGA to donate new and unwrapped toys to assist needy families on Christmas. Ashley Young, a senior from Canton, Ga. and SGA vice president for administration, and Mollie Duff, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. and SGA executive assistant, coordinated the campaign.
“We were approached by Mr. Tom Connolly, [paymaster for the Marine Corps League – North Georgia Mountain Detachment], who asked us if we wanted to participate this year,” said Duff. “We were delighted and took the project on!”
With the donations from students, faculty and staff, SGA was able to collect more than 70 toys to donate for the program.
“The program was a huge success, and it is a wonderful feeling knowing the Reinhardt family will make so many other families' holiday a little brighter,” said May. “All donations were greatly appreciated and benefited a great cause during the holiday season.”
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Photo Caption: Tom Connolly (from left), paymaster for the Marine Corps League – North Georgia Mountain Detachment, accepts the large Toys for Tots donation on behalf of the United States Marine Corps Reserves from Reinhardt University Student Government Association members Mollie Duff, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. and SGA executive assistant; Ashley Young, a senior from Canton, Ga. and SGA vice president for administration; Sam Dean, a freshman from Alpharetta, Ga. and senate member; Joey Buchieri, a freshman from Jonesboro, Ga. and Paintball Club representative; and Catt Norris, a freshman from Dahlonega, Ga. and Up Til’ Dawn representative.