Giving Tree
Giving Tree

UTSA groups host toy, food donation programs

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Nov. 20, 2006)--The UTSA Honors College, the Student Government Association (SGA) and FIRE (Freshman Involvement Raising Excellence) are sponsoring two programs to help the needy during the holiday season.

The Honors College will host a food drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 near the Subway sandwich shop at the University Center, 1604 Campus. Donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries will go to the San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM) Shelter.

The idea for the food drive was originated by Rawan Arar, a student in the honors course, Food and the Arts, taught by Santiago Daydi-Tolson, UTSA professor of modern languages and literatures. A veteran organizer of two successful food drives as a student at San Antonio's Churchill High School, Arar persuaded her UTSA classmates to collaborate on the project.

For more information, contact Caroline Castellanos at (210) 458-6462 or Rawan Arar at (210) 663-6201.

A second donation program is sponsored by SGA and its freshman leadership program, FIRE. The groups invite UTSA community members to donate new toys to the Giving Tree. The toys will go to the nonprofit organization, Inner City Development, which will distribute them to area children in need of a happier holiday season.

Through Dec. 1, toys can be placed in donation boxes at Giving Tree locations in the University Center window lounge, 1604 Campus, and in the Student Activities Center in the Durango Building, Downtown Campus.

For more information about the Giving Tree program, contact Marlon Anderson at (210) 458-6114.

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