MMC-Watertown Freshman Shellia St. George to Host Holiday Toy Drive Dec. 10

December 2, 2016

Fulfilling Mount Marty College’s Benedictine mission to serve and her own passion for helping others, MMC student Shellia St. George is hosting a toy drive to help local families in need this holiday season. The event, to be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MMC Watertown location, will offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to come and choose from donated toys and clothing to give their children for Christmas.

“When you don’t have a lot of money, and it’s Christmastime, and your kids are hearing all about the presents their friends at school are getting, that can be really hard,” says St. George, a first-year, nontraditional MMC student. “I went through a few Christmases as a single mother, and I know that when you don’t have a lot, every bit helps.”

Donations currently being accepted for the drive include new and gently used clothing and toys for children of all ages, as well as baked goods for families in the community.

“You get into the Christmas season, and everyone has all of these yummies,” St. George says. “But that’s extra, and sometimes it’s hard to do the extra. We just want to help make the holidays easier.”

This isn’t St. George’s first experience with community service. She grew up helping her grandmother organize fundraisers. And before enrolling at MMC Watertown to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, she worked as a case manager for people with disabilities — a career she plans to return to after graduation.

“MMC has been really supportive of this event from the beginning, providing the venue and helping with volunteers,” St. George says. “We’re all looking forward to sharing some holiday cheer with these families.”

St. George is a recent recipient of the Watertown Area Community Foundation Women & Giving scholarship.

Donations may be dropped off at MMC Watertown, 3100 Ninth Ave. SW, Suite 200, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. St. George is willing to arrange pickup for items as well. For more information, call 605 886-6777, or visit the event’s Facebook page.