Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How you can help Philadelphians during the holidays

BLOOD DONATION: Past years have been successful
because of donors like you!
With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re turning our attention to launching another Peirce Season of Giving to support our Philadelphian friends and neighbors throughout the holidays. Peirce College has been organizing events to help families have food on the table and gifts under the tree for the past few years, and we are always impressed with how our students, alumni, faculty, and staff step up and give back to others. We want to take a few moments to share details about this year’s events and encourage you to participate.

Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive. Our annual blood drive event, co-hosted with the American Red Cross, will take place on Monday, Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in rooms 51 and 52.

Donating blood takes about an hour of your time, but can be the difference in saving someone’s life. One donation can benefit up to three people, and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day by hospitals, first responders, and other medical personnel, according to the American Red Cross.

Sign up for a time slot to donate. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule permits. For more resources about blood donation from the Red Cross, read their website for first-time donor information and eligibility requirements to donate.

Youth Action Toy Drive. We’re also accepting new, unwrapped book and gift donations for children ages infant through 17 years old as part of our annual Youth Action Toy Drive. Youth Action provides these gifts to at-risk children and teens in Philadelphia, particularly those living in area shelters or transitional and crisis housing.

Making a donation can ensure someone who might not receive any gifts this year will have at least one present under the tree. Our collection box is located in the lobby of College Hall, and we’ll be collecting items until Dec. 3. So when you’re out shopping over Thanksgiving weekend, be sure to pick up a toy or book for a child or teen in need!

Canned Food Drive. Our Health Programs Student Association is sponsoring a canned and dry goods donation drive to support the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, Inc. The goods will go to veterans in need this holiday season, and some good items to consider are canned and boxed soups, gravies, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Donations will be accepted in the main entrance lobby through Dec. 6, and financial donations are also welcome on the organization’s website.

We hope you’re getting into the holiday spirit and can help someone less fortunate this season. We’ll be updating you on our Peirce Season of Giving throughout the next few months, so check back on our blog for updates.