Campus Life launches "Giving Tree" Toy Drive

December 4, 2018


El Paso Community College’s own Campus Life has launched a new donation drive, which is geared at delivering a generous season of giving for some of the children in our local community. 


The Tejano Toy Drive initiated during the summer as an idea to give back to the community by the Student Government Association, who have also encouraged The Students Club and Organizations to get involved with hopes of reaching their goal of three hundred gifts! 


But where will all the gifts donated go? All toys will be donated to Region 19 Head Start Program. 

This program was the first choice given that it is a large center for kids entering Headstart and will be entering Pre-k.


It is also a source of child care for parents who may not, otherwise have a medium for daycare, if they apply and qualify. 

As Student Government member Adrienna Chapparro states, “Region 19 Head Start is an education program that offers child development and early education programs such as preschool and assists children with readiness programs and offers daycare services for those who need assistance.”


The drive is asking for gently used or new toys for children ranging in ages from newborn to five years old. Chapparro goes on to say, “…There is no price range, it is what each person would like to spend on a toy. 


There is six available Giving Trees spread across all the El Paso Community College Campus Life offices. Donations had begun to pour through, but as Chapparro stated, “We are needing a few more donations… They do have a surplus of children that are three years old for male and female, so that’s the most necessity we may have.” 


If you are interested in doing your part in this great drive for the children of Region 19, you may do so by stopping by the Campus Life office and look for the white Giving Tree with green and red ornament shapes papers. 


You may pick any ornament you would like as red is for a boy and green is for a girl. You will then take it inside the office and “check” the ornament out, as I was instructed by Chapparro when I, myself, decided to become part of bringing a smile to a child’s face this Christmas. 


One will return the ornament along with the toy that will be donated to the Campus Life office. And that is all it will take to make a small difference in a little boy’s or girl’s life this holiday season!


The Tejano Toy Drive began on October 5 and the cutoff day was moved from Friday December 1st to Monday, December 3rd, which should be able to give those wishing to donate an extra chance.


It also does not end there, as was told that if one wishes to donate past that time frame, one may contact the Campus Life office to obtain more information regarding your donation.Everyone is encouraged to donate, but of one is not able to, please do your part to pass the word along and help this great program get to their goal.  


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