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Staff Spearhead Holiday Donation Drives

by Julia Sommer, Public Affairs
posted December 02, 1998

When the holiday season rolls around, Berkeley staff don't think only of themselves and their immediate families. They think of those in need, nearby and far away, and they pitch in to help -- not only through the campus Charitable Campaign but through grassroots efforts of their own invention.

For example, Dave Hernes, purchasing assistant in math, is coordinating the Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) food and toy drive. Last year BSA collected 455 toys and 1,452 pounds of food. The goal this year is 500/2,000.

The toys (new and unwrapped) are given to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program and the food (canned, dried, packaged or bottled) goes to the Alameda County Food Bank.

The BSA toy and food drive started Nov. 17 and ends Dec. 16. If you would like to coordinate a drop-off point, call 642-9104. A list of drop-off points is posted on the BSA web site at

Berkeley Pledge Book Drive

In conjunction with its literacy projects, Berkeley Pledge has kicked off its first book drive -- for elementary and middle school students in the Berkeley, Oakland and West Contra Costa school districts.

New, unwrapped books for children aged 5 to 12 are requested for distribution spring semester. The drive will continue through Dec. 23. Donors may inscribe the books.

You may donate a book or book certificate in the following ways:

• On-line through the Berkeley Pledge web site at When you use the link to, the Pledge will receive a 15 percent referral fee for qualifying books and a 5 percent referral fee from all sales.

• By mail to Berkeley Pledge, c/o Nina Gabelko, 3959 Tolman Hall, MC 1670.

• In person at donation boxes in the California Hall lobby, 101 Sproul Hall, the entrance to Moffitt Library or 3639 Tolman Hall.

Discounts on books are also available through Barnes and Noble, Cody's and Scholastic Books; see the Pledge web site listed above for details.

BSFO Christmas Party Dec. 5

The Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) will hold a Christmas Party for about 100 disadvantaged children this Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Cesar Chavez Student Center. Housing & Dining Services Executive Director Harry LeGrande will do the honors as Santa.

Several campus offices and outside vendors have contributed to the event, now in its 10th year, to supplement proceeds from BSFO's annual fall bowling party. For information, phone 642-2333.

Secret Santa Project

The campus Visitor's Center is taking part in the University YWCA Secret Santa Project, which delivers toys to children with parents in prison. Visitor Center staff and 36 student tour guides will buy, wrap and deliver toys on behalf of the absent parent. For information, call 848-6370.

Hurricane Victims

Employees who want to help Central American hurricane victims can pledge through the Charitable Campaign to one of the following new funds not highlighted in the campaign's recently distributed literature:

• By check only: United Way Central American Disaster Fund.

• By check or payroll deduction: United Way of the Bay Area Central American Relief Fund or American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.


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