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Book and Toy Drive Successful for Saint Mary's Women's Basketball

Dec. 21, 2010

The women's basketball team successfully hosted a Book and Toy Drive at their game against UCLA last week. Overall, twenty-seven toys and twenty-two books were collected, which ended up filling two 30-gallon containers. All items collected will go to benefit Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

The Book and Toy drive was part of the women's basketball "Be A Part of It" campaign, which is a conference-wide community service initiative, which encourages fans to come to basketball games and support their favorite WCC basketball teams both on and off the court.

The team partnered on-campus with the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) to organize the drive. CILSA is the academic center at Saint Mary's College for promoting a culture of service and social justice education. CILSA supports students, faculty, staff, campus units, and community partners to work together to promote intellectual inquiry and student leadership and development through action in academic, co-curricular, and community settings to foster personal and social responsibility for the common good.

Head Coach Paul Thomas said, "Our fans are tremendous. They did a great job of bringing books and toys to our game, so that we could donate them to Catholic Charities on behalf of the entire Saint Mary's women's basketball community. It is important, especially during the holidays, to provide those in need with something that will help brighten their day."

"We are thrilled that many youth will have happier holidays thanks to the new book and toy drive. As always, we appreciate being able to partner with the Athletic Department, and with a great nonprofit like Catholic Charities of the East Bay, which has been providing help and hope to families across Contra Costa and Alameda Counties for more than 75 years," said Beth Hampson, CILSA Coordinator of Engaged Teaching & Learning.

Directed by Faith, Catholic Charities lifts people out of poverty by promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and supporting safe and just communities. Since 1935, Catholic Charities of the East Bay has served people in need in Alameda and Contra Costa counties regardless of their religious affiliation.

Courtesy of SMC Sports Information