For the fourth straight year, Erie Community College has rallied its students, faculty and staff to assist their college community's neediest members.
On Thursday, December 8th, the college joined President Jack Quinn, Dr. Marsha Jackson and the Student Government Association at North Campus for its "Spirit of Giving" campaign, which is a drive to collect food and toys for struggling ECC students and their families. This year, enough goods were collected to prepare 93 amply stocked gift bags, up from 66 packages in 2010.
The college plans to distribute them evenly to identified students on the college's three Western New York campuses before December 20th.
Last year, ECC's Student Government Association (SGA) added a toy drive to the President’s Office's successful food drive. Now together to form the "Spirit of Giving" campaign, the collective initiative is even more able to aid ECC students fraught with economic hardships. According to ECC President Jack Quinn, such an altruistic and collaborative effort is what Erie Community College is all about.
"The selfless nature of this college-whether exhibited by the students, faculty or staff-has never ceased to amaze me," said President Quinn, who started the food drive in conjunction with Dr. Jackson four years ago. "After watching this year's outpouring of charity, I'm not only amazed, but proud to be a part of it."