Students bring in donated books for Holiday ROAR book drive

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    The Generosity of the Pacific Community Touches a Multitude of Lives During the Holidays

    Jan 7, 2013

    A big "Thank You" to all among the Pacific family who organized, participated in and contributed cash, gifts and food to the many outreach efforts that benefitted the less fortunate in our communities this holiday season. The results demonstrate the tremendous impact we as a community can make when we work together. All tolled, Pacific organizations raised more than $6,300 in cash donations, along with several hundred toys and gifts, clothing items and winter wear, and hundreds of pounds of food stuffs. 

    Safe Trick or Treat Thanks to the Pacific community for contributing 72 costumes and 112 costume accessories leading up to Safe Trick-or-Treat. Costumes were provided to children who could not afford them at the Safe Trick-or-Treat event and through the Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Haven of Peace and the Transitional Learning Center. 

    Magical Night of Giving - This annual family-oriented shopping event at Webertwon mall held on November 18 offers a fundraising opportunity for local nonprofits through ticket sales. Pacific's Center for Community Involvement would like to thank all who purchase tickets and helping them to raise $320 to support CCI outreach efforts throughout the year. 

    Holiday Turkey and Food Drives - Many thanks to the Stockton campus community for contributions of cash gifts totaling $785 to purchase turkeys and holiday meals for needy families, as well as 10 turkeys, several bags of food stuffs and hygiene products. Items were distributed to Catholic Charities, the Emergency Food Bank and the Pacific Food Pantry. Pacific McGeorge also collected $900 cash and 3 turkeys for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Servies community turkey distribution and the Salvation Army Center. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Marketing and Communications department collected four barrells of foods for the San Franscisco Food Bank.

    Holiday ROAR (Reach Out And Read) Book Drive - President Pamela Eibeck's first holiday book drive kicked off in November as an effort to put new and gently-used books in the hands of underprivileged children. The effort benefits Reach Out And Read San Joaquin, a nonprofit that teams up with area pediatricians who give books to children during check-ups. Thanks to all who participated in helping to collect more than 3,000 books. Read more at

    "Adopt a Family" - Pacific's Community Services Committee and Staff Advisory Council organized the 2012 "Adopt a Family" in which students, staff, alumni and faculty as individuals or departments "adopt" a specific family in need to provide gifts, clothing and food for the holidays. The committee would like to thank those individuals and departments who participated in adopting 27 families this year. 

    Pacific Ultimate Frisbee Club's Toys for Tots Drive  - Pacific's Ultimate Frisbee Club hosted its 8th annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on Dec. 8 at Brookside Field on the Stockton campus. Registration costs were discounted for every player that brought a toy for the Toys for Tots program. Spectators were also welcome to donate toys. The club raised $180 and collected 1 1/2 boxes of toys for needy children during the tournament. 

    McGeorge Angel Tree Project - The Angel Tree Projects sponsored by Phi Delta Phi encourage community awareness of, and donation to, children who live in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood who may not be receiving gifts for the holidays. They collected more than 150 gifts this year.

    McGeorge Phi Alpha Delta Food Drive - This group, led by Jaclyn Zdanowski, collected 300 pounds of food, clothing and supplies for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Service organization.

    McGeorge Book Drive - an on-campus book drive in Sacremento collected 50 books for distribution to Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services center in Oak Park.

    Hurricane Sandy Victim Relief The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy student government, APhA-ASP, led a fundraising effort to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They are excited to share they collected $4,200 in donations for this worthy cause. 

    One Warm Coat Drive - The biomedical sciences department at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry collected 234 items of winter wear, including coats, jackets, sweaters, scarves, beanies, etc, which were distributed to five San Francisco-area agencies.

    San Francisco Toy Drive - The Pediatric Study Club at Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry collected 115 new and unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in need through Toys for Tots.  

    Giving the Gift of Literacy Book Drive - For the past three years, SESA, the School of Education Student Association, has been collecting and donating new and gently used books to elementary schools in the community, helping increase access to literature for children in the community. This year SESA would like to thank everyone for making this the best year ever, contributing more than 1,200 books.

    Mrs. Weasley's Gift Drive - Pacific's Harry Potter Fan Club, Dumbledore's Army, hosted Mrs.Weasley's Gift Drive on December 8. They collected 86 gifts for needy children and $100 in cash and gift cards.

    CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive - Pacific Tigers men's and women's basketball collected toys during Holiday Game Nights on November 28 and December 15 in exchange for a half-price ticket to the game. They collected approximately 300 toys in the two evenings.

    News10 Coats for Kids - The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities coordinated the collection of coats as part of the News10's Coats for Kids drive. They report that 93 new or gently used coats were donated