Binghamton University Students Raise Thousands to Support Local Youth

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binghamton university students give backBinghamton University Students put on their best ugly holiday sweaters to run in the 2.8 mile run/walk in support of the Broome County Promise Zone. Over $3,000 was raised for the Promise Zone, which supports youth programs in the greater Binghamton region.

Broome County joined in with New York City, Buffalo, and Syracuse in yesterday’s massive state-wide Promise Zone charity event.

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Organizers have been saying that getting people to participate in a silly event makes people more likely to come out and support the cause, which is exactly what happened!

Immidiately after the run/walk, another charity event started, called the Hand-to-Heart Project at the College-in-the-Woods Dining Hall. The annual holiday drive is organized by the Residential Life staff and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

“There were close to 1,300 signups, which is more than we’ve had in any recent years,” said Vice President of NRHH. Every gift bag was marked with a specific age for either a boy or girl, and students had to buy items appropriate for each age group.

ResLife members spent most of this past weekend sorting through the donated bags, which were overflowing with hats, stuffed animals and board games.

The bags and funds will be distributed by the Salvation Army this coming week.

 

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