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Arielle Jones, left, student office manager for ECU’s radio station, WZMB, Lauren Hunter, student DJ, and Terrence Dove, yearbook advisor, unload teddy bears collected for the Tedi Bear Children’s Advocacy Center that serves alleged victims of child abuse. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Campus-Wide Collections Benefit Local Community

In November, ECU’s Business Services launched its annual Holiday Drive, now in its 14th year.

The program provides campus-wide collection of toys, food, donations and clothing to assist local charities during the holiday season.

“There are a number of other wonderful holiday projects being held at ECU, such as the WZMB student radio station’s food and teddy bear drive. Our holiday project is just another way to get involved,” said Leslie Craigle with ECU’s Business Services Marketing Department.

“When all these efforts are combined, it’s great to see the impact ECU is able to make in the community.”

ECU departments interested in sponsoring a family, a child, or an adult in a local rest home were matched up through Pitt County Social Services. Departments could also put a “general collection” box in their own lobbies, hold canned food drives, or collect money to buy a bicycle and helmet for a child, Craigle said.

Collection boxes were placed around campus through Dec. 12 to accept donations of toys, food, warm clothing and household supply items. These donations will be given to charitable agencies to benefit the people of Pitt County.

The collected items will be donated to: Pitt County Social Services Children’s Protective Services Unit, The REAL Crisis Center, New Directions Family Violence Shelter, Flynn Christian Home, Pitt County Adult Services, and the N.C. Food Bank.

ECU’s Dowdy Student Store supports the holiday drive each year with a sale featuring a photo opportunity in a holiday setting with PeeDee the Pirate. Shoppers who bring in canned food or a new, unwrapped toy for the Holiday Drive receive a free photo session with PeeDee. Held this year on Dec. 2, the sale also featured free gift wrapping for all purchases, performances by the ECU cheerleaders and dance team, and story time readings for kids by Pirate athletes and coaches.

ECU Radio WZMB sponsored its 11th annual Holiday Drive Oct. 27 through Dec. 5, with collections of non-perishable food and teddy bears. The food benefits local charities while the teddy bears are earmarked specifically for the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy program in Greenville.

Part of the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine, the TEDI BEAR program provides child abuse education, evaluation, prevention and treatment to local children and their families in a child-friendly environment that helps lessen the trauma associated with child abuse.

The name stands for Tender Evaluation, Diagnosis and Intervention for a Better Abuse Response.

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at