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EPIC delivers holiday cheer to neighbors in need

Busy at work as Santa's elves, CSULA students sort out toys and food into boxes for distribution to local families in need.

Hundreds of donated toys, food delivered to more than 60 families

Thanks to contributions from CSULA students, faculty, staff and administrators, more than 60 low-income families enjoyed a “merrier” holiday this season.

Volunteering as “Santa’s elves” this past December, 80 CSULA students helped prepare and deliver gift boxes filled with hundreds of toys and loads of food to 78 adults and 239 children in the cities of Commerce, El Monte and Los Angeles. All of the gifts were donated by the University community.

The effort was the 37th annual Toy and Food Drive organized by the University’s Educational Participation in Communities—or EPIC—program. EPIC collects the donations for low-income families selected by non-profit community agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Busy at work as Santa's elves, CSULA students sort out toys and food into boxes for distribution to local families in need.

The EPIC program promotes community service learning by creating opportunities for university students to implement classroom theory in real-life situations. For more than 40 years, EPIC has placed students in a wide range of agencies serving communities throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with its annual holiday drive, it also provides youth-employment training, mentoring for schoolchildren, and, through America Reads and Counts, support for literacy and mathematics education.

For more information, contact the EPIC office at (323) 343-3380.