A wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit is to give back, and the School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) did so by including the entire School in its efforts to collect toys for children in need. SHMS donated dozens of toys to Seton Hall University's Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE), which sponsors an annual toy drive to brighten the holidays of children and families living in the area around campus and to support the Genoa Christian Center in West Virginia.
Members of the SHMS community were inspired by the University's 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness initiative, which asks individuals to "pledge" their kindness and generosity during the season. Students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout the School embraced the collective effort of goodwill.
"Joining with DOVE to expand the reach of the annual toy drive is one small 'act of kindness' that we at the School of Health and Medical Sciences can do during this special time of year," said SHMS Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD. "Our students, faculty and staff are caring individuals, and together we are happy that we can help spread joy to those in need and advocate enthusiastically for this cause."
Those who supported the cause by donating a new, unwrapped gift not only received the fulfillment of knowing that someone is happier, smiling and grateful for their generosity, but also they received a "Pirate blue" Santa hat, provided by DOVE, in return for their contribution.
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