By Nicole Grover and Manee Souphavanh
What does the phrase holiday season mean to you? To many, it is about extra time spent with family, giving, celebrating Christmas, celebrating Hanukah, and countless family traditions. The students and staff in the Business and Professional Studies Division at SUNY Broome carried out a tradition of their own. On Monday, Dec. 4, they held their second annual Toys for Tots Holiday Bash.
Each department club within the Business and Professional Studies division raised money to buy toys for those in need this holiday season. The Hospitality Club, Criminal Justice Club and Business Club as well as the Alpha Beta Gamma-International Business Honor Society collectively donated more than $4,000 worth of toys.
On Thursday, Nov. 30, all four clubs shopped for toys together at Five Below and Toys R Us followed by a group dinner at Red Lobster. On the day of the event, the students in the Hospitality Programs Department were happy to take the lead in decorating, organizing, cooking and managing the event. This fundraiser featured a spaghetti dinner, basket raffles, holiday photo booth, dancing to holiday music, Grinch mocktails, popcorn, cotton candy, kid’s creation station, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, Elsa and four Christmas trees surrounded by unwrapped toys.
The public was invited to have a family-filled evening, complete with pictures and dinner for a small donation of ten dollars per person. Many local businesses donated raffle baskets and monetary donations towards making this the best Christmas for those in hard times.
This event would have been impossible without our donors, including Tioga Downs, for their generous donation. At the end of the night, the Toys for Tots van was filled to the top with gifts.
The students and staff were overjoyed when loading the van full of all they were able to provide. The students and staff in the Business and Professional Studies Division at SUNY Broome look forward to keeping this tradition every year!
Writers Nicole Grover and Manee Souphavanh are both SUNY Broome students.