By Wendy Sarubbi | November 17, 2014 2:04 pm

The College of Medicine is collecting food and toys for several causes this holiday season and we hope you will participate. Collection drives end November 21.

  •  The student Arts in Medicine (AIM) group is collecting toy and food items to support the Children’s Home Society of Florida. In addition to accepting donations the night of the holiday concert on November 21, AIM will be collecting donations throughout the week. A table is set up outside the Student Affairs Office.
  • The student Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) is packing shoeboxes to be collected for Operation Christmas Child! Each shoebox can be filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. The boxes are sent across the world to children in need in time for Christmas! For many of these children, this will be the first gift they have ever received. Shoeboxes are available in Student Affairs and will need to be returned by Friday, November 21. Please contact medical student Summer Rye-Buckingham at with questions.
  • The college is also collecting non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank. This “Service for Hunger” drive is spearheaded by Reetish Singla, the 16-year-old son of our own Dr. Dinender Singla. Reetish worked at Second Harvest for his school volunteer hours recently and was so moved by the needs of those without food in our community that he organized this drive. Collection boxes are set up in HPA II, BMS Room Number 136, the Burnett School building at Lake Nona and in Student Affairs and the 4th floor staff break room in the medical education building.
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