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Drexel Elves Are Helping Santa Go Green by Wrapping More than 4000 Toys This Week in Eco-Friendly Ba

December 15, 2008

What/Who: Drexel’s Main Building Great Court is looking like Santa’s workshop with Drexel “elves” bundling toys into eco-friendly bags from carts overflowing with gifts. The toys will be distributed to West and North Philadelphia children. Students, faculty and staff are giving up their lunch hour this week to give Santa a helping hand and bag more than 4,000 gifts in Philadelphia’s largest toy drive.

Drexel is going “green” for the holiday toy drive, reflecting the new eco-friendly spirit at the University and its initiative for a more sustainable environment.

Santa will arrive at the end of the week to distribute the toys to representatives of 50 local organizations, who will later give the gifts to children in West and North Philadelphia.

Visuals: -With Christmas carols in the background, Drexel students, faculty and staff bagging gift after gift in eco-friendly Drexel bags. -Decorations featuring energy-efficient green lights, faux trees, snow and snowflakes in the Victorian Great Court. -Over-sized white bags with a blue Drexel Dragon printed on each.

When: Monday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 17, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Where: The Great Court of Drexel’s Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

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

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