How Other Pirates Give
Social and behavioral sciences major
Jeremy Garriga has spent his entire adult life volunteering his time to help others. As an EMT, he was one of the first responders at the scene when a NJ Transit train crashed into the Hoboken station earlier this year. He also spent some time in Buena Vista, Honduras - where a trip to the doctor or dentist requires an hours-long trek through the mountains on foot - assisting dentists with cavity fillings, working in the pharmacy and triage, and consulting with patients. But it was his time as a homeless shelter volunteer that inspired a project especially near and dear to him. "I asked the [shelter] director what else I could do to help," he remembers, "and she told me socks were the most necessary item, but the least donated." Thus, he founded
Soxcess in 2011, and the initiative has since collected and disseminated more than 4,000 pairs of socks and other necessities for the homeless.
Throughout her childhood, nursing student
Jaquelin Rivas-Tejada would receive toys for Christmas from Santa, who would visit the Don Bosco Youth Center in her hometown of Orange, NJ. Years later, she learned that the toys she grew up cherishing had been donated through DOVE's annual toy drive. As a young adult, she is now giving back to her community; she has created, and continues to be heavily involved in, a soccer program at the Youth Center so that high school students can "have fun, be themselves and play in a safe environment." Due to the program's success,
Jaquelin has partnered with DOVE's volunteers to help run it, and it is now a registered DOVE semester-long program.
We encourage all members of the Seton Hall community to emulate the examples of these students. Please fill out the form on this page to make a pledge to perform your 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness. You can also tell us what acts you plan to do, share stories about the acts you have completed or nominate someone you know who has inspired you with their selfless acts. You may also share your pledge and your stories on social media: #shukindness. We will spotlight and share these stories during the holiday season as an inspiration to others.