San Diego Campus Winter Toy Drive A Heartwarming Success

San Diego, CA: Thanks to the generosity of the students, faculty, and staff of Alliant's San Diego Campus, the patients of a local Children's hospital received a holiday surprise of over 60 games and toys.

The executive board of the San Diego Alliant campus branch of the National Society of Leadership & Success came up with the idea of a toy drive to fulfill their goal of extending their "leadership" to the San Diego community through community service work. The Board chose to donate to Rady Children's Hospital, the region's only hospital exclusively for children with a pediatric trauma center, that serves over 140,00 patients each year.

"The students felt that during the holiday session those children in the hospital could use the extra TLC," said Val Trouyet. "The students also felt that it was another way to give back to those families that might have been affected severely by the San Diego wild fires."

NSLS teamed up with the office of Campus Community Development, and on November 25, posted flyers and distributed eight large donation bins throughout the campus. When students from the Latino Club heard about the toy drive, they immediately wanted to help and offered to include the toy drive in their first annual Holiday Posada, a traditional Latin American holiday celebration. Guests attending the Holiday Posada were asked to bring an unwrapped toy in exchange for entry into the party.

By December 14, the bins were overflowing with toys, from stuffed animals, teddy bears, Barbie dolls, puzzles, action figures, Mr. Potato Head, Cabbage Patch dolls, puppets, a large Dora pillow, a giant Snoopy, and even a Barbie laptop.

"All members of the San Diego Campus Community donated - faculty, staff and students," said Trouyet. "The toy drive was a great success."

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