|Loren Girmen, Phi Alpha Theta President, sorts shoe
boxes for Guatemalan kids in 2006.
For the fifth consecutive year, Phi Alpha Theta and the
History Club are collecting Christmas shoe boxes for impoverished children in
Guatemala. Last year, 325 boxes were gathered along with one thousand dollars
in contributions. The organizations
hope to match or exceed last year’s record
and invite the entire JSU family to participate.
The first step in
assembling a box is to decide the gender and age of the child you would like to
support. Generally the groups are
categorized in age groups of 5-9, 10-13, and 14-16. The following items are
recommended for the boxes:
- Toys: small
cars, balls, dolls, jacks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, small
etch a sketch, slinky, etc.
- School Supplies: pens, pencils & sharpeners,
stamps and ink pad sets, solar calculators, colored pencils, chalk, crayons,
coloring books, writing pads, etc.
- Hygiene products: toothbrush, toothpaste,
soap, comb, washcloth, etc. Other: sunglasses, ball caps, socks, underwear,
costume jewelry, hair clips, small picture books.
- Please do not include the following: used items, toy guns, knives or other toy weapons,
perishable foods, medicines of any kind and breakable items (china and glass).
The boxes may be gift wrapped, but the top must be wrapped
separately so the box can be
inspected by Guatemalan customs officials.
contributions to this program are also welcome and can be made by check
to “Friends of the Children.”
Boxes can be delivered to the History and Foreign Languages
Department in Stone Center and will be collected through December 14. For additional information contact George
Lauderbaugh at 782-8044 or by e-mail at