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College Toy Drive Under Way To Brighten Holiday For County Kids

OSWEGO — Members of the SUNY Oswego community are helping spread holiday cheer to needy families across Oswego County through the college’s 27th annual Toy Drive.

In SUNY Oswego's Marano Campus Center, students Alain Pierre-Lys, left, a junior majoring in communication and social interaction, and Adam Wilmot, a junior economics major, consider what gifts to buy for local children during the college's 27th annual toy drive.
In SUNY Oswego’s Marano Campus Center, students Alain Pierre-Lys, left, a junior majoring in communication and social interaction, and Adam Wilmot, a junior economics major, consider what gifts to buy for local children during the college’s 27th annual toy drive.

The effort, in conjunction with Oswego County’s Department of Social Services, seeks to make sure each child in the county has a gift to open during the holiday season.

The drive typically garners 500 to 600 gifts and donations that are used to purchase dozens more.

Trees have sprouted up in buildings around campus with paper ornaments bearing children’s first names and relevant information.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to pick an ornament, purchase a gift and return the ornament attached to the unwrapped gift in time for one of two campus collections, Dec. 12 and 19.

An employee volunteer in each campus building helps coordinate the collection.