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18th Year For Campus Toy Drive

Published: December 1, 2015

CSULB will continue its efforts for children in need with the 18th Annual Bob Rodgers’ Cherishing the Children Toy Drive, coordinated by the Staff Council. It has been renamed after Rodgers, a career audio-visual specialist on campus who passed away on June 11, 2013, and who played the role of Santa Claus at the holiday party for 15 years.

The need for donated toys and gifts for infants through teens remains high as local social service agencies continue to see a significant number of families seeking assistance. CSULB has consistently been a major provider of donated holiday toys to Long Beach area agencies.

Members of the campus community are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to collection boxes located throughout the campus by Monday, Dec. 7. A party for more than 100 children and their families will take place Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the The Pointe inside the Walter Pyramid, hosted by Staff Council and the Office of the President. Each child will receive a small gift and photo with Santa or Mrs. Claus, goodie bag and refreshments. Santa will be visiting the children from 3-5 p.m.

Additional toys being collected through Monday, Dec. 14, will be donated to the Long Beach Fire Department’s “Spark of Love” toy drive for other children in need.

Collection boxes can be found throughout campus.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Berta Hanson at 562/985-8716.

–Shayne Schroeder