It is the season of joy and cheer but will children be included?
Each year, the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at BU, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau seek to twin the holiday season with an element of charity and social action to stress the importance of bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
This is the ninth year that Chabad is coordinating a toy drive dubbed "light up a life" ; $28,000 worth of toys were purchased with the monies collected; a culminating event of this drive was held December 7 at 6 pm in the Old Union Hall of the East Union at BU.
The celebration, included holiday themed refreshments and a special appearance by the Crosbys, Binghamton’s pre-eminent a cappella group. Participants designed greeting cards to go with the gifts and had the opportunity to view a mammoth display of the toys collected and purchased with funds collected during the two month long toy drive held by Chabad in conjunction with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau and dozens of other BU groups and local corporate sponsor.
The toys will be donated to children with cancer through the NY based Chai Lifeline organization. Representatives of Chai Lifeline made a special trip to Binghamton from the city to congratulate the students and share remarks on this occasion.
“The best part was seeing a display of all the toys we collected which represents so much joy we will be bringing these kids. I am so honored and happy to be involved in this” asserted Jessica Hill (’18), who together with Eliana Cutler (’18) is chairing the Toy Drive. The project is being co-sponsored by tens of Greek groups, professional fraternities and various clubs on campus.