NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – While the rest of the Merrimack College community was preparing for the holiday season, the Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) was busy with its own annual community service initiative.
Members of S.A.A.C. helped organize the Department’s annual toy drive by means of various collection methods. Donations were accepted on the Dec. 5 men’s ice hockey game against Boston University, and the group not only collected new, unwrapped toys, but also held a silent auction, among several other fundraisers, to help raise money to purchase toys.
In total, S.A.A.C. donated over 70 toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence in time for the holiday season. The efforts were part of Merrimack’s participation in the Toys for Tots program, which collects new, unwrapped toys each year to distribute to less fortunate children in the community.
About Merrimack S.A.A.C.
The Merrimack student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of Merrimack student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The S.A.A.C. also offers input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
About Toys For Tots
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike is also on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN