Students help make Christmas bright for disadvantaged kids

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On January 6, 2004

UMR engineering management students recently raised more than $2,000 to purchase Christmas gifts and supplies for children at the St. Vincent Home for Children in St. Louis.

Members of the UMR chapter of Alpha Iota Delta, an engineering management honor society, worked with several other UMR organizations last fall to raise funds for the children’s home. The students raised enough money to purchase five or more gifts for each child resident of the St. Vincent Home as well as blankets, pillows, hats and gloves for each child.

The UMR students delivered the gifts and other items to the St. Vincent Home on Dec. 12.

The St. Vincent Home for Children was established in 1850 and provides shelter and counseling services for children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Fund-raising activities undertaken by the UMR students included benefit meals, prize drawings and enlisting 11 engineering management faculty members in a "penny wars" activity. Other UMR student organizations assisting with the events included Alpha Phi Alpha, the American Society for Engineering Management, the Association for Black Students, Beta Sigma Psi, Common Call Campus Ministries, the Da Vinci Society, DIVAS Christian Women’s Group, the Helix Biology Club, Kappa Alpha, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Order of Omega, Sigma Pi, Student Council and Theta Xi.

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