Southeastern Louisiana University began their toys from the heart in 2006. The idea had come about from Greek student organizations of Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Zeta Phi Beta. In addition with the Recreational Sports and Wellness department and the Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs (MISA). The organizations have teamed up to collect toys to contribute to giving back to the children in the community who are less fortunate by donating toys to help support parents who cannot afford to buy gifts for Christmas.
Brendon Daigle, student worker at S.L.U. in the multicultural and international student’s affair, said “Last year, toys from the heart had collected 300 toys to be distrusted. This year we are looking to give out 350 toys”, said Daigle. Majority all of the gifts that are collected here at SLU are donated by the students. We do however have a few people who may drop by and donate a couple of toys”.
The toys’ from the heart organization is growing each year from the love and dedication from all who are involved. “We have about 88 registered families to date,” said Eric Summers, MISA director. “This total is below the limit that we can serve, and we hope to have more families sign up to help us bring joy to children lives.”
Lee Stevens, resident of Hammond who works part time at Bradys was caught putting two gifts into the box at the multicultural center on the second floor in the Union. When questioned about the gifts he left, Stevens said, “I have been dropping off gifts for last past two years. I had a friend who lost everything in a fire one year and it was devastating. Fortunately for charities such as this one, my friend three children had something for Christmas and she as well. Next year, I plan on donating five gifts, said Stevens”
Toys from the heart will be giving out to the registered families Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. There is still time for families who are interested in receiving toys to register for the drive. If you are interested in donating or would like to participate, by making a cash donation for the purchase of new toys, please contact the Multicultural International Students Affair. Summers said, due to an overabundance of girl toys, they are in need of more toys for boys. Contact Eric Summers at (985) 549-3850.
There’s still time for families to register for Southeastern Louisiana University’s fourth annual “Toys from the Heart” holiday toy drive, Nov. 29-Dec. 9. New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall Nov. 29-Dec. 3 and Dec. 6-9. Donation boxes will also be located at the MISA office and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center.
Giving an unprivileged child a new unwrapped gift for Christmas is priceless. Their dreams are alive and the message of hope fills the air. Help support a worthy cause by donating or contributing to the toys from the heart foundation and watch it grow from love.