Cal Poly Employees Donate Toys and More to Jack’s Helping Hand

Cal Poly employees brought toys to the Dec. 6 holiday reception on campus, which were donated to local nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Children with cancer and other physical and medical needs in the community will receive gifts donated by Cal Poly employees. Faculty, staff, Associated Students Inc. and Cal Poly Corporation employees donated more than 240 toys and $485 in gift cards during a Dec. 6 holiday reception hosted on campus by Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, and online through an Amazon “wish list.” 

The gifts were donated to San Luis Obispo nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand, which provides assistance and programs to children with cancer, disabilities, other illnesses and special needs. 

“There are many boys and girls who will enjoy these toys, which in turn, will help make their medical journeys just a little bit easier,” said Anita Williamson, a volunteer and toy drive collaborator with Jack’s Helping Hand. “We at Jack’s Helping Hand are so grateful for the generosity of Cal Poly’s faculty and staff.”

This year’s holiday reception marked the third season that Cal Poly employees have donated to Jack’s Helping Hand. Employees have donated nearly 900 toys and more than $900 in gift cards to the nonprofit since 2016.

Jack’s Helping Hand was founded by Paul and Bridget Ready in memory of their son Jack, whose three-year struggle with a rare form of brain cancer ended in 2004. During Jack’s treatments, the Readys realized that many families of children with disabilities require assistance to meet their children’s special needs. They created Jack’s Helping Hand to fill this need in the community. Learn more at www.jackshelpinghand.org

Cal Poly employees also purchased items from an Amazon “wish list,” which were delivered directly to Jack’s Helping Hand.
Photo information: Toys.jpg — Cal Poly employees brought toys to the Dec. 6 holiday reception on campus, which were donated to local nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand.
Delivery.jpg — Cal Poly employees also purchased items from an Amazon “wish list,” which were delivered directly to Jack’s Helping Hand.

Contact: Cynthia Lambert
805-756-5160; cmlamber@calpoly.edu

December 12, 2018

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