Suggested toy donations include dolls, games, LEGOs, action figures, books, sporting equipment and gift cards. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
Suggested toy donations include dolls, games, LEGOs, action figures, books, sporting equipment and gift cards. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

By STEPHANIE COSBY, Staff Writer

The women of Delta Phi Epsilon are hosting a holiday toy drive for families in need from now to Monday, Dec. 10. All collected gifts will be delivered to I Am My Brother’s Keeper church in Detroit on Friday, Dec. 21.

Suggested toy donations include dolls, games, LEGOs, action figures, books, sporting equipment and gift cards, but Programming team member Ashley Sword says they are happy to accept anything. The group hopes to collect at least 40 toys so that each child in the congregation receives a gift.

“So many people take for granted what we have while there are many others who aren’t as fortunate,” Sword says. “These people go each day with no place to live, eat, sleep… let alone have the ability to purchase toys for their children for Christmas.”

Delta Phi Episilon chose I Am My Brother’s Keeper because they wanted to directly help children in the city. Sword heard about the church through famed Detroit reporter Mitch Albom’s book “Have a Little Faith.”

The church held services and sheltered homeless for years despite having a large hole in their roof. Sword was inspired by them because “despite them having nothing, they continue to help others and praise God.”

Students, staff and faculty can leave their donations in the wrapped drop-off box located at cubicle E1 in the student organization room on the 2nd floor or the University Center or they can give them to any member of Delta Phi Epsilon.