LSC-O donates $3,000, 183 toys for Christmas
is an old proverb that states “If you have much, give of your wealth;
if you have little, give of your heart.” That adequately sums up the
feeling on the Lamar State College-Orange campus this holiday season,
as students, staff and faculty have made it their priority to help
provide for those less fortunate. Through multiple fundraisers, the
LSC-O campus will be donating more than $3,000 and 183 toys to the
local Salvation Army.
Beginning in mid-November, faculty and staff members organized several
fundraising missions on campus, with the goal being that they directly
donate whatever amount was raised to the Salvation Army. The charity
was chosen for the donations based on their pleas to the public for
more items for Christmas, as their donations continued to grow slimmer
and scarcer. The LSC-O family decided that keeping the donations within
the Orange area was of great importance so that they could help their
“Having the donations go toward helping people within our community
means that we most likely touched the lives of families that we
personally know,” said Amanda Rowell, director of public information.
“The Orange community is small and everyone tries to help each other
out around here, and we just wanted to help out our neighbors this
fundraising efforts began with a Link Sale on campus, which raised
$381.25. Next was a campus bake sale and dessert auction that was held
just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays. LSC-O staff and faculty
members made and donated homemade baked goods for the sale, which
raised $339.50. A silent auction was held the following week, in which
staff and faculty members donated new or slightly-used goods to be bid
on. With the chore of Christmas shopping looming overhead, the silent
auction raised $469.50.
Pictures with “Santa” were next, giving students and staff the
opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa during the day. Dr.
Michael Shahan, president of LSC-O, played the role Santa for that
particular fundraiser, bringing in $280.00. The following evening, on
Dec. 3, pictures with “Santa” were made available for families at the
Orange Jaycees Christmas Parade. Free hot chocolate and cookies were
served and families, kids and even pets were brought in to see Santa,
raising $65.00 for the Salvation Army.
Then a silent auction for holiday gift baskets was held Dec. 7 on
campus. Staff and faculty members each bought new items to include in
their individual department’s basket. There were 11 baskets total, each
with a different theme, and at the end of the auction, $762.00 was
raised. The final fundraiser was strictly for staff and faculty members
at LSC-O and included a tempting incentive for everyone: donate twenty
dollars and earn the right to dress casually for the remainder of the
year. So far, more than $720.00 has been earned for that effort, alone.
those who could not donate the time to help organize or participate in
the fundraisers made generous donations instead. Counting donations,
the total money raised from all six separate fundraisers was $3,331.77.
But money was not the only thing that the campus wanted to ensure the
Salvation Army had help with. The students looked to their
organizations and classrooms for ways to contribute to the cause. The
sociology students at LSC-O had an “off-the-charts” turnout for their
book and coat drive, and the LVN Levels 1 and 3 students, brought in
more than 2,000 canned goods just for their department. Multiple trips
by the Salvation Army representatives had to be made to collect them
The “Toy Time” benefit was held Dec. 7 and 183 toys were donated by students, faculty a