News Release| EPIC; Cal State L.A.

 Cal State L.A. gets into the spirit of giving

EPIC holiday drive provides toy, food to needy families in the area

Los Angeles, CA – The Educational Participation in the Communities (EPIC) at Cal State L.A. is gearing up for the holidays with its 41st Annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive. Donations of new and gently-used toys and non-perishable food are now being collected on campus through Dec. 7.

All in the spirit of giving, EPIC has organized the holiday drive to share the joy of the season with low-income families in the surrounding communities. This year’s drive will help deliver holiday cheer to more than 70 local families in coordination with 14 non-profit community agencies in the greater Los Angeles area. Last year, an estimated $21,215 worth of toys and food were collected and delivered to 207 kids and 107 adults.

EPIC, created in 1966, promotes volunteer community service by university students and creates opportunities for them to implement classroom theory in real-life situations that are beneficial to communities. EPIC also provides youth employment training, mentoring for schoolchildren, and—through America Reads and Counts—support for literacy and mathematics education.

For more about EPIC, visit www.calstatela.edu/univ/stuaffrs/epic or to donate to its holiday drive, call (323) 343-3380.

Note to editors and news directors:

Photo and interview opportunities will be available on the CSULA campus (See schedule below). Call the Public Affairs Office at CSULA in advance at (323) 343-3050 to arrange photo sessions. 

·         Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10-11
Pick up donation boxes from offices and departments throughout campus. Inventory and sort toys and food.

·         Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12-13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pack up boxes for families (Physical Education building, room 123)

·         Wednesday, Dec. 12

Shop for additional toys and food from monetary donations

·         Friday, Dec. 14; Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17-18
Some agencies will pick up donations; others will be delivered   

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