While the majority of Jacksonville State University students were returning home for winter break, the College Republicans remained on campus to engage in charitable work for the holidays.
The College Republicans wanted to make their presence more known than it has been in previous years. Their opportunity was quickly met when the Vice President of the College Republicans Bill Stewart heard an ad on the radio requesting volunteers for the Salvation Army Toy Drive in Anniston, Alabama. Stewart responded to the ad and presented the volunteer opportunity to the College Republicans President Will Errickson.
Saturday, December 14, members of the College Republicans assisted the Salvation Army at Walmart to raise toys and money for children in need in the Anniston area. Customers entering and leaving Walmart donated not only toys but coats, gloves, money, and many more items for children of all ages.
Not only members of the community donated, but also people from out of town made contributions. Jacksonville State’s President Dr. William A. Meehan also made an appearance and donated to the cause.
The community was very receptive in helping raise toys for the children in need. Working from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the College Republicans helped raise more than enough toys and money for the children in the Anniston area.
The event was such a success the College Republicans want to continue to spread their message in helping others as well as their conservative values.
The group will be hosting events throughout the semester on the JSU campus. At their next meeting they will be having Dr. Dan Krejci Associate Professor and Director of the MPA Program speaking on January 23 at 6:00pm in room 100 at Brewer Hall.
The Republicans will also be selling a variety baked goodies at their bake sale and will be selling t-shirts for $10. The money they raise will help pay for their upcoming convention at Troy University on March 1st.
Students who are interested in learning more about the College Republicans may attend one of their meetings that they hold every two weeks in room 100 in the basement of Brewer Hall. Food is always provided at the meetings.
All students are welcomed to attend the College Republicans meetings and learn more about their organization. The cost to join is only $5 and that covers membership dues for an entire school year and includes a free t-shirt. The deadline to join is February 1st.