In coordination with the Recognition and Rewards Committee of the ECU Staff Senate, the Pieces of Eight series honoring exceptional ECU staff recognizes Leslie Craigle and her work with the ECU Business Services Holiday Drive.
By Judy Currin
Santa is not the only one making a list this Christmas. Leslie Craigle has a list of her own. She’s making sure needy families in Pitt County have something special under the tree.
“Giving From the Heart” is this year’s theme for ECU Business Services Holiday Drive. Now in its 12th year, the unit is collecting donations of gifts, food, clothing and supplies through Dec. 15, for charitable agencies that support the people of Pitt County. Leslie Craigle, marketing director for business services, chairs the eight-member volunteer committee.
“There are a number of ways to contribute,” Craigle said, refering to the department’s web site (www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/services/HolidayDrive06.cfm).
Departments wishing to participate can opt to sponsor a child, family or elderly individual.
“We will provide a wish list and collection box for your area,” Craigle said. “Your group collects gifts, food and clothing to cover all or most of the desired items.” Departments can wrap and deliver the gifts directly to the family, or Business Services will pick up and deliver the collection to Social Services for distribution in time for the holidays.
Departments may request a specific collection box to accept donations of non-perishable foods. “These contributions are sorted and divided among agencies based on specific needs,” Craigle said, “or directed to an agency of the department’s choice, such as the N.C. Food Bank.”
Craigle said faculty and staff may make donations to general collection boxes located in the following places around campus:
• East Campus: 1 Card Office, Dowdy Student Stores, Mail Services, WZMB Radio, 108 Whichard, 124 Austin, Student Recreation Center
• West Campus: Medical Bookstore, Rapid Copy, Laupus Library, Internal Medicine
• Also: Materials Management, University Printing, ITCS.
Suggestions for donated items include food, canned and non-perishable; new, unwrapped toys, games and sporting goods for toddlers to teens.
“We have several requests for a new bicycle,” Craigle said. Additional suggestions include clothing, new or like-new jackets, hats and gloves for children, teens and adults; school supplies: book bags, calculators, educational workbooks, flashcards and “fun” educational items; health and hygiene products such as shampoo, razors, shaving cream, nail polish, polish remover and hair brushes; kitchen, bath and bedroom items including blankets, towels, kitchen gadgets and accessories; and small electronics such as personal CD players and hand-held video games.
“We have a request for a Game Boy and another request for a PlayStation,” Craigle said. “Gently used, is OK.”
This year, ECU departments are sponsoring 27 children, eight families and seven elderly individuals. Last year the Department of Recreational Services sponsored two disabled brothers who reside in Freeman’s Family Care Home.
“They had so much fun sponsoring 51-year-old Arnold and 50-year-old Gerald that they asked for the privilege of doing so again this year,” Craigle said. Arnold wants a guitar and Gerald has asked for new clothing.
Craigle’s donation is the same every year. She, along with 14-year-old daughter Pammy, sons Joe, 16 and Charlie, 19, fill in whatever might be missing from a large family wish. “We look at it as a community support project,” she said. “It’s fun working with different agencies each year and knowing that together we can make someone’s holiday brighter.”
Committee members from Business Services include, Nita Burroughs, Kim Corbett, Lisa Carney, Tim Daughtry, Stephen Speight, Ruth Thomas and Tracy Dunn.