Courtesy – The SUNO Observer/Kareem Kennedy
On December 15, SUNO’s 2012-2013 Sophomore Class led by class President, Samuel Okpechi, sponsored a “Christmas Gift Drive” for children in the New Orleans area. The sophomore class donated toys, books, bicycles, and money to Raintree Children and Family Services. Raintree is a non-profit organization that provides “an array of services to vulnerable persons” in the Greater New Orleans community, and has recently extended its services to Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. Their mission of, “encouraging hope and creating opportunities for independent lives” is what inspired the Sophomore Class to embark on a gift drive to children under their care. Samuel Okpechi (Class President) called the event a huge success saying, “a life saved today can be a lifesaver tomorrow.” In attendance were 2012-2013 Sophomore Class representatives, SUNO SGA executives along with faculty; Joe Marion, Director of Career Counseling/VA; Josephine Okoronkwo, Director of Student Development Center; Debbie Foster, Administrative Assistant (S.D.C); Theta Blakes, Drug and Tobacco Counselor; Keishelle Jones, Guidance Counselor; and Derrick James, Lead Engineer.
For more information on how you can donate to Raintree Children and Family Services