Students from UCF’s Burnett Honors College are bringing the warmth and joy of the holidays to underprivileged youth from local elementary schools.

Honors students distributed nearly 150 baskets of food to nine schools that participate in the college’s civic engagement programs. Non-perishable items were collected throughout October and November for the annual Thanks and Giving Food Drive, which supports families that can’t afford Thanksgiving dinners.

Through Monday, Dec. 13, the college is seeking new and gently used clothes and shoes and unwrapped toiletries to give to the resource centers at schools where students often lack clothing and grooming necessities.

Donations will be accepted at the Burnett Honors College, Room 102. For more information, contact Kelly Astro, the college’s director of Research and Civic Engagement, at 407-823-6346.

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