Acacia Clause collects Toys for Tots

December 18, 2009

by September Denten

Acacia Fraternity hosted its first annual Acacia Clause toy drive to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation in Centennial Plaza over the past two weeks.

Toys for Tots is a Marine Foundation dedicated to providing toys to needy children throughout the U.S. during the holiday season.

Sean McKeithen, a member of Acacia, said the toy drive is a philanthropic effort and is getting a lot of positive responses.

“[Tech] President Dan Reneau was out here yesterday and took a picture with us while donating a toy,” he said.

McKeithan, a sophomore architecture major, said this was Acacia’s first year hosting the toy drive, but the fraternity plans to continue hosting it in the future.

According to Acacia’s Web site, www.acacia.org, Acacia’s motto is to provide aid to a human organizational services, and they are dedicated to building leaders by providing a wealth of experiences and opportunities including community service.

Leo Kukuy, a member of Acacia, said there has been a lot of support from many of the local businesses, and all of the sororities have helped out.

“We’ve received a lot of monetary donations and a large amount of toys,” Kukuy, a senior industrial engineering major, said.

Jason McDonald, a member of Acacia and a sophomore architecture major, said Acacia is fairly new compared to some of the other fraternities on campus and is the only organization on campus with a Greek word instead of a Greek letter.

“I think the toy drive is going to help Acacia to become more well-known,” McDonald said. “I think it will improve our image on campus because we’re doing something really good for kids.”

According to the Toys for Tots Web site, the Toys for Tots mission is “to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources-our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months (October, November and December) each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign and to contribute to improving communities in the future.”