New Kensington students organize Holiday Toy Drive

Penn State spirit partners with holiday spirit at the New Kensington campus for the Holiday Toy Drive that runs until Dec. 6. Working in conjunction with the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Penn State New Kensington’s campus Activities Board is collecting new unwrapped toys for children ages 14 and younger. In addition to toys, the organizers are collecting new holiday decorations.

The drive kicks off at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Café 780, with a showing of "Toy Story." Participants will have the opportunity to make homemade holiday ornaments.

Toys and decorations, as well as cash donations, can be dropped off at the Student Life Office, which is located next to the Enrollment Services office on the lower level of the Administration building.  All toys will be distributed to local children.

"This is a great way for students, faculty and staff to get involved and to give back to the community," said Lauren Blum, coordinator of student life.

The Children’s Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children with special needs in western Pennsylvania. Located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the institute comprises a hospital, Day School and Project STAR. The hospital provides pediatric rehabilitation to children and adolescents from birth to age 21. The school is an accredited private school for students with special needs. Project STAR finds permanent homes for the children.

The Campus Activities Board is a student club that assists the Student Life Office in planning fun campus events and activities. Activities planned by the board include the Back to School Bash, Blue and White Ball, and Spring Fling week.

For additional information, contact Blum at 724-334-6018 or

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Last Updated November 06, 2013