Faculty, staff and students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) found time to brighten the holiday season for needy children in and around Newark. Some 21 organizations, clubs and departments at NJIT collected five boxes of new toys and $1,000 in donations during the second annual campus-wide Toys-for-Tots drive. This past weekend, NJIT students also joined a benefit for students at the Key School to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos).
Beneficiaries of all the activities included the Salvation Army, Harmony House, Key School, and the Lyndhurst First Emergency Squad. Members of that first aid squad also visited area hospitals and distributed toys with NJIT students.
To support the drive, members of the NJIT community gave cash donations, dropped off toys or children's books, baked and bought home-baked cookies or a plaque to decorate a wall benefiting the Toys for Tots campaign. “There were many ways to support the holiday drive,” said Humberto "Humby" Baquerizo, NJIT's assistant director of Greek life and wellness. “Once again, the NJIT community demonstrated its commitment and leadership to enhance the NJIT college experience by promoting volunteerism.”
Students participating in the toy drive were Ketan Gujarathi, Belleville; Christopher Ju, Linwood; Chris Dowd, Ocean Township. Also joining the drive were Thomas Reynold, Montclair; Amber Morrisey, Texas; Constantin Mateiescu, Princeton Junction. Yet other participants included Dyvia Kumar, Cherry Hill; Peter Wong, North Brunswick; Mario Guglielmo, Cliffside Park; Barbara Jimenez, Ridgefield.
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Throughout the year, the NJIT community supports many service initiatives directed by Greek life including a breast cancer walk in Newark, a fund-raising drive to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital, work for Habitat for Humanity, a blood drive and more. “Service is a co-curricular activity that we choose to do, preparing leaders through service,” said Chris Dowd, member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity and a student at NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College.
“This is a great time to come together as a Greek community to lend a helping hand,” said Barbara Jimenez, president, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, a service organization.