On Campus, a Season for Giving

On Campus, a Season for Giving

Members of the University community wishing to help the less fortunate during the holiday season need look no further than the Boston College campus for giving opportunities.

.The Boston College Police Department is holding its annual toy drive for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Lists of children's names and ages are posted in the BCPD office at 21 Campanella Way. The deadline for dropping off toys is Dec. 17. For more information, contact Detective John Ellis at ext.2-8683.

The Office of Student Services will be raffling off these gift baskets to benefit various agencies and organizations. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
.Assistant Director of Facilities Services Paula Forget is once again organizing collections of clothing for 450 children served by the Department of Social Services and toys and clothing for the Italian Home for Children, a residential care center in Jamaica Plain for children who have suffered emotional and physical abuse. The deadline for donations is Dec. 18. For information, contact Forget at ext.2-8875 or forget@bc.edu.

.The Student Services office is raffling off more than 20 gift baskets - containing various prizes such as gift certificates, books and jewelry - to benefit Catholic Charities, the Department of Social Services and other agencies and organizations. The baskets are on display in Lyons 102 until Dec. 18.

.The College Road Hall Council is accepting donations of blankets, packages of socks, formal dresses and any adult clothing or shoes in good condition for distribution to the homeless. Contributions will be accepted any time before the semester break begins on Dec. 19, and through January. Contact Edward Dunnigan at dunnigan@bc.edu.

.The Staff Advisory Senate Holiday Drive seeks donations to support programs in the Boston College Campus School. Employees may bring contributions to the President's Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 16. For those unable to attend the event, notices will be posted in campus buildings with information on where donations can be sent.

.Graduate School of Social Work students are collecting personal care products and toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, etc.) for Rosie's Place, a shelter serving poor and homeless women in Boston. Donations are being accepted the GSSW Student Lounge in McGuinn 128 through tomorrow, Dec. 12.

.Opportunities also are available for those wishing to lend a hand to friends in the animal kingdom. Student Services Communications Specialist Carolina DeBenedictis is organizing a drive to benefit the MSPCA Animal Shelter in Jamaica Plain, and seeks clean sheets, towels, and blankets that can be used for bedding in the shelter's animal cages. DeBenedictis will collect donations through Jan. 16. She can be reached at ext. 2-1494 or debenedc@bc.edu.

In addition, Christine Hoage, finance manager for the International Study Center and a volunteer for the Animal Rescue League, is coordinating a collection for the ARL's "Holiday Wish List." Desired items include squeaky toys, large rawhides, catnip, bedding, nail trimmers, chew sticks and grooming equipment, as well as clean sheets, towels, and blankets.

Haven Fyfe, a 1998 GSSW alumnus whose husband Karelton was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, talks with students and faculty who raised funds on her behalf. Photo by Lee Pellegrini.
Donations will be accepted until Dec. 19 at the International Study Center at Manresa House, 188 Beacon Street. For more information, contact Hoage at ext.2-1505 or hoage@bc.edu.

Other examples of the holiday spirit at work in the Boston College community were on display recently.

Students in the Graduate School of Social Work reached out to help Haven Fyfe, a 1998 GSSW alumnus whose husband Karelton was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Fyfe is a former recipient of the school's M. Rita Walsh '40 Memorial Award for excellence in social work in the healthcare and medical field.

Members of the GSSW Student Collective raised $500 through the sale of Boston College T-shirts to benefit Fyfe and her two young sons. She was presented with a check for the amount at the Student Collective's Dec. 4 meeting in McGuinn Hall.

Meanwhile, a Connell School of Nursing holiday tradition entered its second decade yesterday, as administrators, faculty and staff attended the school's 11th annual luncheon and silent auction to support Rosie's Place.

During its first 10 years, the event raised almost $11,645, according to auction coordinator Prof. Joellen Hawkins. Contributors were hoping to best last year's record total of $1,604, she said.


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