Business Communications students arrived at the Alliant Energy Center bright and early to volunteer for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. That day, students assisted parents with choosing presents for their children, whom without the help of the campaign, may have gone without on Christmas morning.
Throughout the quarter, the Business Communication students practiced on good customer service skills, learned about best practices for appropriate listening, verbal and nonverbal communications and gained a better understanding on intercultural communications skills. The Toys for Tots event was a perfect fit for the class as students gained first-hand experience in communicating with people.
Many students reflected on the day with great joy.
“Volunteering for Toys for Tots was a great experience. I really liked how everyone worked together and was really impressed by how organized everything was. The experience also reminded me of the importance of donating toys and time in the future.” said student, Amanda Love.
Student Mark Richardson added, “It felt good to be helping out for such a nice cause. It brought the issue closer to home since I live in a nice area and rarely come in contact with underprivileged people.”
The campaign, which in total served 12,134 Dane County families over a four day period, relies on volunteers like Globe students to help with the distribution of toys each year.
Many students stated they will volunteer again next year. “It gave me so much joy to be a part of their drive. I look forward in helping them in the future.” Louise Krmpotic shared.