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StepOne and Operation Fly hold holiday donation drives

Donations benefit underprivileged children and the homeless respectively

By Valerie Hu, Online News Editor
December 10, 2010
StepOne began its holiday toy drive on Nov. 17 and Operation Fly began its holiday clothing drive on Oct. 15. Both organizations will collect donations until Dec. 17.

StepOne Toy Drive

Blazers should bring donations for the StepOne toy drive to room 132. StepOne is a student-run community service-oriented organization that supports pediatric cancer research. The organizationís founder, junior Chacha Wang, encouraged students to donate toys that are in good condition, specifically stuffed animals. "We are suggesting stuffed toys because everyone has some," she said. The club plans on donating toys to orphans and underprivileged children before the holidays, according to Wang.

Club StepOne is collecting donations for the toy drive in room 132. Emma Lansworth
Club StepOne is collecting donations for the toy drive in room 132.
Club members are currently looking for organizations to accept the donations. Possibilities include A Wider Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty through donations of furniture, as well as other individual shelters or organizations.

Though this is StepOne's first toy drive, Wang is confident of its success. StepOne held a clothing drive last spring and donated over 300 articles of clothing to the Salvation Army. "I was encouraged by that and hope we can have the same kind of success with the toy drive," Wang said.

Wang hopes Blazers share their wealth with the less fortunate. "Compared to a lot of kids, we are really living very privileged lives," she said.

Operation Fly Clothing Drive

Students should bring any new or gently used clothing and shoes to drop off locations in the Student Government Association classroom or main offices. Senior Sean Shiang, Chapter President of Operation Fly at Blair, encouraged Blazers to donate winter clothing in particular, including jackets, shoes and gloves. Donations from the clothing drive will benefit the homeless in Washington, D.C.

During the week before winter break, Operation Fly will hold a homeless visitation in Farragut Park in Washington, D.C., according to senior Michael Lee, Chief Public Relations Officer. During the visit, club members will directly distribute donations to the homeless. Operation Fly will give any leftover donations to other shelters.

This is Operation Fly's second annual clothing drive. Last year, the organization raised approximately $10,000 worth of clothing. This year, however, Operation Fly aimed to collect only half as much, according to Lee.

Both Shiang and Lee encouraged Blazers to become involved during the holiday season and donate any unused clothing. "I didn't realize I had so much clothing I didn't use," Lee said. "It's the spirit of community service."

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