By the numbers

University’s holiday outreach project

Staff volunteers who assisted with collecting food donations
Staff volunteers who assisted with collecting food donations for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank included, from left, Alex Karels of the Office of the University Architect, Erin Metro of the Office of Community and Regional Affairs and Nancy Walters of the Office of the Vice President for Facilities. (photo: Brian Wilson)

Students, faculty and staff participated in the University’s holiday outreach project last December and January, which collected donations from campus offices and through events. The donated clothes, food and toys were given to Mercer County nonprofit organizations.

• Food donations to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank totaled 2,065 pounds, more than double the contributions from the previous year. Fifteen departments participated, and there were 20 collection boxes around campus. In addition, the Department of Chemistry collected 20 boxes of food, which were donated to the Crisis Ministry of Princeton.

• The Holiday A Cappella Jam Toy Drive, which featured performances by nine groups — the Katzenjammers, Kindred Spirit, Koleinu, the Nassoons, Roaring 20, Shere Khan, the Tigerlillies, the Tigressions and the Wildcats — collected toys for the YWCA Princeton St. Nicholas Project, which gathers gifts for parents in need to give to their children for Christmas.

Rosalie Morris
Rosalie Morris, a representative from Suitably Dressed, reviewed donations during the business attire clothing drive. (photo: Brian Wilson)

• The University’s annual business attire clothing drive, which solicits gently used business clothes for men and women, collected 2,400 items on hangers and thousands more in bags. The clothing was donated to Suitably Dressed and the Mercer County Community College Career Training Institute, two organizations that assist people who are entering or re-entering the workforce.

• Two campus offices collected unused toys to be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, which distributed the toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in Mercer County. The Department of Public Safety collected 90 toys, and the Admission Office collected 100.