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Santa and Drexel Helpers to Distribute a Record 5000 Toys to West and North Philadelphia Children

December 18, 2007

Santa and Drexel Helpers to Distribute a Record 5,000 + Toys to West and North Philadelphia Children
What/Who: After days of wrapping a record 5,000 + toys, Drexel helpers will assist Santa Claus for the 11th consecutive year to distribute the toys to West and North Philadelphia children in the culmination of Philadelphia’s largest toy drive.

Donated by Drexel students, faculty, staff and local businesses, the toys were wrapped by volunteer Drexel staff members and will be given to 50 community groups for distribution to neighborhood families. Visuals: -The West Philadelphia Catholic High School Chamber Orchestra performing holiday favorites. -More than 5,000 gift-wrapped boxes piled eight feet high -Santa Claus seated at his red velvet chair distributing gifts -Drexel President Constantine Papadakis offering season’s greetings to community representatives -Drexel’s Victorian Great Court decorated with holiday lights.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2007, from 11 (sharp) – 11:45 a.m.

Where: The Great Court, Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets)

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News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, Assistant Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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