Students contribute to charity collections

By: Shauna Banks

In the midst of a recovering economy, campus-wide efforts to help both the two- and four-legged Polytechnic Heights community members have resulted in success.

This past holiday season, organizations across the Texas Wesleyan campus hosted various drives to help those in need, ranging from collecting coats for students at local elementary schools to collecting dry pet food for the Fort Worth Humane Society.

The Accounting Society at Texas Wesleyan filled three large boxes with 100 pounds of canned food, boxed food and toiletries. All items were donated to SEARCH Homeless Services, an organization that helps thousands of men, women and children move from the streets into safe jobs and stable homes each year.

Junaid Khan, president of the Accounting Society, said the group also worked with Omega Chi, a Christian organization on campus, to donate toys for Omega Chi’s annual Christmas party, where various needed and wanted presents are given to children in the Polytechnic community.

“We raised slightly more than last year,” Khan said. “What probably motivated people is knowing that no matter what a person’s financial situation is, there is always something that can be done to help and every little bit can make a difference.”

With an aim to aid the elderly within the community, the staff in the Eunice and James L. West Library hosted their eighth annual event with the Meals on Wheels Giving Tree. Anyone who wanted to donate could choose stars from a tree in the lobby and purchase wish items ranging from scarves to bags of dry dog food for pets.

This past holiday, library staff collected 325 gifts, 63 bags of pet food and $125. Sheri Parker, coordinator of library operations, said the numbers for gifts and pet food lowered slightly from last year, but the cash amount collected doubled.

“The economy, along with so many other collections this year, seemed to be the reason the numbers were down,” Parker said. “Having a wider selection of donation options is great for the students, staff and faculty on campus.”

Staff and Faculty in the School of Arts and Letters hosted their fifth annual Bear Hunt this past December, and are still receiving various stuffed animals at the start of this spring semester. So far, 278 stuffed animals have been collected, with hopes of exceeding their 300-bear goal.

Elizabeth Hennessey, administrative assistant to the dean in the School of Arts and Letters, said these stuffed animals are donated to the Fort Worth Police Department to give to children in crisis situations when the officers are on call.

“The animals provide a little comfort for the children and give them something to hold onto and hug until the situation is resolved,” Hennessey said.

Other efforts included The Rambler’s Pet Food and Supplies Drive, which collected eight bags of dry dog food and various toys and supplies for cats and dogs at the Fort Worth Humane Society.

Kappa Delta Pi, a School of Education honor society, also collected several coats and jackets for children in local elementary schools, helping to contribute to the biggest giving season the Wesleyan community has ever seen on campus.