‘Tis the Season – to GivePosted by Paula Paine on November 12, 2014 in APOS, Christmas, giving, "Your OU" OU's adult campuses are getting in the Christmas spirit by giving back to their communities this holiday season. Learn how each site is playing Santa to those in need.
OU-Arizona is conducting a holiday food drive through November 17, with donation boxes located at each of its campuses in the Valley. Nonperishable food items are being collected to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank, with a goal of collecting 10 boxes of food. For every food item given, donors receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. To learn more about the St. Mary's Food Bank and how they serve the Phoenix community, click here.
OU-Indiana is continuing its tradition of collecting Christmas toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve organization Toys for Tots, a program to help less fortunate children in communities across the U.S. The campus is also serving as a drop-off location for the Jeffersonville area. Toys are being collected through December 15. Anyone interested in dropping off a donation can contact Ottawa University at 812-280-7271 or drop off donations during regular campus hours.
In addition to raising $650 for the Rose Brooks Center during its 40th celebration on October 16, OU-Kansas City also conducted a Christmas shoebox drive for the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. Faculty, staff and students donated enough items to fill 50 shoeboxes of gifts for underprivileged children around the world. The pictured staff packed the boxes on Friday, November 6. Each box includes a barcode that enables OU-KC to track which country the boxes are sent to.
Not to be left out, OU-Wisconsin is partnering with Big Mommas of Milwaukee to host a Giving Tree and provide Christmas gifts for 10 less fortunate people ranging in age from six to 80. Between November 14 and December 12, faculty and staff at the campus will bring gifts from the wish lists of the individuals they've selected to ensure that each has a Merry Christmas.