Islanders Give Back to Community during Holiday Season

December 11, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are celebrating the holiday season by giving back to the community. Examples of giving include projects led by the Small Group Communication course, the Department of Music, the Marine Science Graduate Student Organization, and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library to show how much they care for those who are less fortunate.

Students enrolled in the Small Group Communication course, taught by Dr. Cheryl Spaniol, Professional Assistant Professor of Communication, participated in the  ABC Read with Me project  aimed to “light up literacy” across Corpus Christi. The group raised $1,790 and purchased 483 books for each student in pre-k through 5th grade at Smith Elementary. In addition, an extra 126 books were purchased and donated to the Smith Elementary Library. To help kick off the Smith Elementary week-long book fair, ABC group members dressed in Christmas attire and delivered the books to the students at Smith Elementary on December 5.

The Department of Music and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity, held a successful Toys for Tots Holiday Concert on November 25 collecting more than 150 new, unwrapped toys that were distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. In addition, Golden Key International Honor Society contributed nearly 50 toys to the cause.

The Marine Science Graduate Student Organization (MSGSO) held a Fall Canned Food Drive from October to November as a friendly competition to determine which student organization could donate the most canned goods. A total of more than 300 cans were collected by MSGSO and the Student Nursing Association.  Members of MSGSO and the Student Nursing Association collected and delivered all canned goods to the Corpus Christi Food Bank on November 21 and helped stock pantry shelves.

In addition, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library participated in the Corpus Christi Food Bank’s “Share Your Christmas Fine Amnesty” Food Drive from November 30 through December 5. The Library forgave $2 in overdue fines for students, staff, faculty, and community users for each food item they contribute to the drive. Approximately 400 cans of food were collected and all food items were donated to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.