Saint Leo Demonstrates Core Value of "Community"

December 13, 2010

Community Core ValueThe Saint Leo University community, from University Campus to continuing education locations around the Southeast, has found ways to reach out to others in need this holiday season.

Inspired by Saint Leo’s strong ties to members of our armed forces, the Division of Business Affairs held a drive on University Campus for bags of personal items, snacks, and greeting cards that can be shipped to troops overseas. The campus had collected 427 such bags, plus donations for postage, by December 10, the last day of finals at University Campus. Plant operations staff members used the campus 14-foot-long box truck to deliver the donations to Support the Troops, a nearby charitable operation that ships needed supplies to troops overseas. More donations were coming in when these photos were taken.

The drive followed similar activities at University Campus, including a Toys for Tots collection for Christmas, a food and blanket drive for the local Catholic Charities food bank, and a very successful fund drive conducted by the student Social Work Club that raised enough money for the Salvation Army to buy 60 turkeys for families for Thanksgiving.

Saint Leo teaching centers away from the main campus reached out to their local communities, as well, in a variety of ways. In Virginia, staffers at the Fort Lee location have been holding a canned food drive for five years to benefit local families. The South Hampton Roads location partnered on a Toys for Tots drive with the Navy and Marine Corps Society, and is coordinating a food drive with the chapel at the Joint Expeditionary Base at Little Creek-Fort Story.

Similar projects are underway in Georgia and Florida. In Georgia, the Atlanta center is holding a Toys for Tots drive, while the Savannah staff has been working with the Salvation Army to fill the wishes of local families through an Angel Tree project. In north Florida, the small staff in Lake City buys Christmas gifts for two underprivileged school children, acting on the advice of the local school district. The Lake City staffers chose this route, instead of purchasing holiday gifts for each other.