Members of Raider Relief, a philanthropic student organization at the University of Mount Union (UMU), have announced their newest project—ASAP (Abandoned Stuffed Animal Project). And Mark McConnell, McConnell Marketing owner and assistant professor of marketing at UMU, wants you to get involved!
According to Raider Relief, ASAP is the biggest stuffed animal drive ever. Members will collect gently used stuffed animals from Mount Union’s campus and the Alliance community, have them professionally cleaned by the project’s sponsor, Cintas and donate them to the children of the Alliance families in need.
“The basic idea for ASAP started when a group of young college kids wondered how we could help the sad kids in our community,” ASAP’s student leader and UMU junior marketing major, Dan Goswick, explained. “We thought it would be awesome if we could make these kids happy by donating some of the abandoned toys from when we were young.”
Raider Relief will officially begin collecting donations on Sunday, March 31st and will continue until Friday, April 5th—a perfect opportunity for students to collect old stuffed animals when they go home for the Easter holiday.
All those wishing to support Raider Relief in this effort may drop off any gently used—and lovable—stuffed animals at the University of Mount Union Library (KHIC) or Family Video (1937 W. State St. in Alliance). All collected stuffed animals will be donated to various locations, including children’s hospitals or domestic violence shelters in the Alliance area.
“If it’s been too long since the two of you hung out together, stop stuffed animals neglect! Get ‘em out of your basement or attic, and bring them back to campus!” -Mark McConnell