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EPIC rallies campus to bring holiday cheer to local families in need

Hundreds of toys, loads of food donated by CSULA students, faculty and staff

In coordination with EPIC, the following non-profit community agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area selected the low-income families to receive the donations:

- East L.A Community Youth Center

- East L.A. Woman’s Center

- Foundation for Early Childhood

- International Institute of L.A.

- Jeffrey Foundation

- Jenesse Center

- L.A. Boys & Girls Club

- Maravilla Foundation

- Salazar Park

- Sheenway School and Culture Center

- Southern California Indian Center

- St. Francis Center

- United American Indian Involvement, Inc.

Picture of CSULA student volunteers at the EPIC Toy and Food Drive.
CSULA student volunteers (l-r) Nancy Truong, Mina Le and Annie Vo sorting the donated items at the EPIC Toy and Food Drive.

In the spirit of giving, Cal State L.A. students, faculty and staff joined together to help 65 needy families through its annual Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) Toy & Food Drive.

With contributions of plenty from the campus community, the holiday season was a little more festive for 109 adults and 205 children in the cities of Commerce, El Monte and Los Angeles.

More than 80 CSULA students from campus clubs and organizations volunteered to prepare and deliver gift boxes filled with an assortment of toys and food.

“The EPIC Office would like to thank the entire Cal State L.A. campus community for their donations, help and support,” said EPIC Community Service Learning Coordinator Anh Hong. “We especially wouldn’t have been successful without the help of our student volunteers. Happy Holidays!”

The EPIC program at Cal State L.A. promotes community service learning by creating opportunities for university students to implement classroom theory in real-life situations. For more than 40 years, EPIC has placed students in a wide range of agencies serving communities throughout the Los Angeles area.

Along with its annual holiday drive, EPIC also provides youth-employment training, mentoring for schoolchildren, and, through America Reads and Counts, support for literacy and mathematics education.

For more information, contact the EPIC office at (323) 343-3380.

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Last Update: 12/15/2010