Holiday Guide: Students lend a hand this season

Several GW student organizations are sponsoring charity events to spread the wealth during the holiday season.

The Naval ROTC program is collecting toys and cash in the Marvin Center this month as part of the national Toys for Tots program. The local unit, which includes Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, raised about $4,000 last year, Major Patricia Hannigan said.

Students will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at the Marvin Center all week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be collecting at the Faculty Holiday Party at the Smith Center Dec. 21 and at the men’s basketball game Dec. 11

Members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will become the voice of Santa Claus this winter as they participate in Santa’s Calling. The brothers will call kids around the Washington area and pretend to be Santa, asking disadvantaged children what they want for Christmas, said Brian Schoeneman, president emeritus of the fraternity.

The kids seem to like it and so do the guys doing it, Schoeneman said.

Sigma Phi Epsilon, the newest fraternity to join the GW Greek-letter community, is planning to adopt a family this holiday season. Members will visit and bring presents to a local family.

In addition, the Panhellenic Association plans to volunteer to wrap gifts at Pentagon City next week, President Janine Geraigery said.

-Matt Berger and Francesca Di Meglio

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