November 18, 2010 by Kayla Olson NMSU Round Up
As holiday season approaches quickly, the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity at New Mexico State University is doing its part to give back to the community by putting on a month long philanthropy event called Operation Santa.
DSP is trying to help children and families in need for the Christmas holiday by holding a toy drive throughout the month of November. The fraternity is teaming up with Toys for Tots to distribute the toys within the community.
“We are thinking about sending them straight to Toys for Tots or distributing them ourselves to places like the hospital,” Philanthropy Chair Dennis Felipe said.
DSP has created a Facebook page and distributed fliers around campus and throughout the community to promote the cause. DSP will collect the unwrapped toys and put them into designated, wrapped boxes for children.
“We hope people will have the joy of giving and knowing they helped a kid out,” Felipe said.
This is the fraternity’s first year doing the Operation Santa Toy Drive. According to Felipe, the organization has not done much to reach out into the community and while trying to brainstorm about community service, the idea of the toy drive was given.
“Parents will benefit and know that their child is going to have a good Christmas,” Felipe said.
The toy drive started Monday, Nov. 15 and continues until the end of the semester on Dec. 10. Boxes will be set up in the Corbett center, Pinon Hall and the fraternity’s house for the toys to be put in.
For more information about the Operation Santa Toy Drive, contact Marcus Martinez at (626) 488-8580 or Dennis Felipe at (505) 401-7773.