Five-Year Milestone for Cowboy Santas Toy Drive at Fort Worth Campus

Contributed by Remsey Nash, Campus Librarian

Cowboy Santas (http://www.cowboysantas.org/) is a nonprofit organization that distributes toys to children age 12 and younger in Tarrant County. Over the past three decades, they’ve been sorting and distributing toys in their mission to provide smiles to some of Tarrant County’s most needy families.

During the 2013 holiday season, students, instructors, and staff at Remington College’s Fort Worth Campus celebrated their fifth year of donating to this very worthy cause.

Dental Assisting students holding some of their contributions. Front L to R:  Joanna Gutierrez, Kailee Hardman, Justine Gonzalez, Liza Meza, Estephani Mendoza. Back L to R:  Rosa Jimenez, Mercedes Wagoner, Mattea Snuggs, Viktoria Pasechnikov, Alvaro Vega.

Dental Assisting students holding some of their contributions. Front Row L to R: Joanna Gutierrez, Kailee Hardman, Justine Gonzalez, Liza Meza, Estephani Mendoza. Back Row L to R: Rosa Jimenez, Mercedes Wagoner, Mattea Snuggs, Viktoria Pasechnikov, Alvaro Vega.

Campus President Gregg Falcon initiated the toy drive at the Campus’s November student assemblies by explaining the program to the student body and putting up a donation tracking board inside the student breakroom. A goal was set to collect at least 150 new, unwrapped toys. After a six-week collection period, the toys were boxed, counted, and transported to the Texas Rangers Stadium in time for the official drop-off day.

Fort Worth Donation on KTVT
Because of our student and employee history of giving to the organization, the Campus was asked to participate in that day’s live broadcast. KTVT Channel 11 weather reporter Larry Mowry greeted Mr. Falcon at Texas Rangers Stadium, and he was asked to be the first representative to present a donation.

During the broadcast, Mr. Falcon said, “Our students, faculty, and staff have participated in this event over the last four years. We are again proud to be here for a fifth year, and I am excited to tell you, Larry, that we are donating one hundred and fifty-five toys to this great cause.”

Before the live shoot, Mr. Falcon was also able to give Larry Mowry a look into the other types of charitable giving that Remington College initiates in the Fort Worth area.

The 155 toys donated this year brings the five-year total of donated toys to more than 750.

Director of Education Don McLaughlin stated, “This is a great time of year when students, faculty, and staff contribute to the families of Tarrant County so that youngsters can have a Merry Christmas. For the fifth year in a row, the generosity of all involved has been impressive. In the last four years, we’ve been able to contribute more than 600 toys to the Cowboy Santas program. I am proud to be part of an educational community that values education and community service so highly.”

Dental Assisting Instructor Jeremiah Speller coordinated the students in his day and night classes as they provided a group donation to this wonderful cause. He stated, “I am very proud of my class for contributing to help these kids have a very happy holiday.”

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