Ring in the Holiday Cheer: Campus turns out for the Giving of the Toys

SUNY Broome students turned out to donate to children in need during the 2017 Giving of the Toys.

SUNY Broome students turned out to donate to children in need during the 2017 Giving of the Toys.

Clubs, departments and offices from across campus rang in the holiday season Thursday during SUNY Broome’s 21st annual Giving of the Toys.

Each group took turns clambering down the Baldwin Gym bleachers, lugging boxes and sacks of toys and games. Advising and Counseling staff wheeled bicycles across the gym floor, while Intramural Director Tom Carter snuck two gigantic teddy bears on stage. Santa was nearly buried under an avalanche of volleyballs as SUNY Broome athletes gathered to make their contributions.

The toys are given to Broome County Toys for Tots, run by area police departments since 1962. The program distributes more than 4,000 presents to more than 4,000 children and families each year.

Admissions brought these two furry friends.

Admissions brought these two furry friends.

Tom Carter brought these two giant bears.

Tom Carter brought these two giant bears.

As is tradition, many departments and clubs donated toys that represented their focus. The Anime Club donated Pokemon toys, while Public Safety brought police- and fire-themed items. Sports teams donated the various tools of their trade from volleyballs to soccer balls, while the Physical Therapist Assistant Club brought toys designed to improve motor skills.

And of course, there were educational toys and games, puzzles and items that were just plain fun, from Peppa Pig and dinosaurs to a giant stuffed unicorn and Pegasus from Admissions.

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Thee SUNY Broome Choir sang a lovely rendition of “Hark, Hear the Bells,” while the American Sign Language Club signed several carols, including “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Students also enjoyed free holiday cocoa and doughnuts as they watched the holiday merriment ensue.

Peter Sicilian directs the SUNY Broome Choir during the "Carol of the Bells"

Peter Sicilian directs the SUNY Broome Choir during the “Carol of the Bells”

Music therapy major Jessica Hranek decided to bring gifts on her own: a doll and a LEGO set.

“It’s going to be a huge success!” she said of the event as she enjoyed a cup of cocoa with marshmallows.

Volleyball team member Rayna Pouliot arrived at the Baldwin Gym a little early as she waited for her teammates. Some of her gifts included stuffed animals, a sticker and stamp set and Hot Wheels – all guaranteed to make children happy on Christmas morning.

“It’s cool to see everyone donate for a good cause,” the Sports Management major said.

Santa is overwhelmed by volleyballs

Santa is overwhelmed by volleyballs

 

Executive Vice President Francis Battisti hauls a Santa sack full of toys.

The stage is filled with toys to be donated to Toys for Tots

The stage is filled with toys to be donated to Toys for Tots

The Physical Therapist Assistant Club brings toys that will help develop children's motor skills

The Physical Therapist Assistant Club brings toys that will help develop children’s motor skills

Kids from BC Center bring their gifts to Santa.

Kids from BC Center bring their gifts to Santa.

Kids from BC Center bring their gifts to Santa.

Kids from BC Center bring their gifts to Santa.

The American Sign Language Club performs Jingle Bells

The American Sign Language Club performs Jingle Bells