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Grays Harbor College Human Services students kick off 8th annual Toy Drive

The Toy Drive is seeking donations of new or unwrapped toys, items for gift baskets to be raffled, or cash. The deadline for making donations is November 29. The toys will be distributed at an on-campus event in early December.

Donation boxes and cans have been placed around the GHC campus and in the Grays Harbor area at the following locations: Waugh’s and Selmer’s in downtown Aberdeen, N. W. Passage in South Aberdeen, Personal Service Providers and Harbor Home and Health in Hoquiam, The Mermaid in Westport and Everybody’s in Elma.

The GHC Human Services Club was founded in 2005 and currently boasts around 60 members who are students in the GHC Human Services program. That year, the club’s first Toy Drive gave toys to 36 children. Last year’s total was over 300 children.

The club’s faculty adviser and Human Services academic program coordinator and instructor, Chandra Miller-Starks, added that the Toy Drive “means one less thing for students to worry about: they can focus on finals, not on how they will get toys for their kids.”

Besides the Toy Drive, the Human Services Club is involved in many other activities, including the annual Ocean Shores Jamboree/Serenity event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, working within the community to provide the Grays Harbor Youth Center with snacks and personal care items in order to help support their street outreach program, as well as joining the Washington Department of Social and Human Services on “Lets Draw the Line,” a statewide underage drinking prevention campaign.

Miller-Starks said many graduates of the GHC Human Services program “are currently working, helping members of our community in various positions at non-profits, government agencies, and chemical dependency treatment facilities.”  The program also has 13 students currently serving as interns at various locations in the community.

“Our goal is to help — individuals, families and our community as a whole,” Miller-Starks said.  “Most of our students have a strong personal connection to the community and are very passionate about helping their neighbors.”

For more information about the Grays Harbor College Human Services Club, please contact Miller-Starks at cstarks@ghc.edu or 360-538-4097.

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