Students involved in Greek life or student organizations on campus may notice fundraising events hosted each semester.
Shippensburg University’s Tau Lambda chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi decided to donate stuffed animals and money to a children’s hospital through a Panda Drive. Students could donate stuffed animals they no longer used.
The Panda Drive was Feb. 17-19 at 57 Richard Ave. in Shippensburg; however, the sorority will accept donations and stuffed animals for the next two weeks.
Morgan Barr, a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, expressed her love of the Panda Drive.
“It is something unique for people to donate to that is not like the typical food fundraiser or CUB tabling that you see on campus,” Barr said. “It gives people a chance to donate something physical and something that will bring joy to children when they receive it instead of just giving money.”
People Involved Equally is a student club that helps people with disabilities to reach goals.
Students who missed the opportunity to participate can look forward to help out in other ways in the future. Alpha Omicron Pi hopes to host a similar event next semester.
This semester, they will host multiple events to help raise money for juvenile arthritis. One of these events is called “sink out arthritis,” and will be a cornhole tournament in April.
Students should check flyers around campus to see when those are being held.
Alpha Omicron Pi raised at least $150 so far to buy more stuffed animals and over 30 stuffed animals have already been donated to go to the hospital.
Students who wish to donate can reach out to Kristina Otte, Alpha Omicron Pi’s philanthropy chairman and the president of People Involved Equally, at firstname.lastname@example.org or send money to her Venmo at krissyotte.