JSU’s Circle K club collects crayons for Children’s Hospital

Who doesn’t like coloring? As college students, many of us don’t get to color anymore but still appreciate when we have the time to color between the lines.

Here on Jacksonville State University’s campus, the Circle K organization knows how much coloring means, both to older people like college students, and to children.

Considering this, Circle K on campus is preparing to hold the annual Crayons for Kids collection drive, which aims at having coloring supplies donated to be taken to Children’s Hospital over the winter break and given to children who will be spending their holidays in the hospital.

Kimberly Anderson, president of the campus Circle K club, says of the organization, “This is Circle K’s 5th year on campus and we have done Crayons for Kids every year since we started.”

Usually, the organization is very successful when holding the drive, having over 1,000 coloring books and crayon boxes each donated two years ago.

Last year they donated only about 350 books and crayon boxes, but were also able to purchase a wagon and donate to the hospital for use by families trying to get around while having children and belongings to care for.

JSU’s Circle K group has the motto of ‘live to serve, love to serve,’ and that seems like the case here. Circle K International, the organization that encompasses JSU’s Circle K group, is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world according to the CKI’s website and has more than 13,000 members in 17 different nations.

Each club, including the one here on the JSU campus, is organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club.

Collectively, CKI members perform more than one million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities every year.

Anderson says of the other activities that the club does each year, “We do work with Children’s Hospital other times throughout the semesters doing wagon clean up days where we give all of the hospital’s wagons a good cleaning. We also have a Spring Fun Night that we host where the kids can come and participate in games, karaoke, face painting and eat pizza.”

As many can see, the Crayons for Kids campaign is only one of the many activities that Circle K here on campus participates in, but none of the initiatives would do anything without the help from those around Jacksonville.

Circle K is asking that students, staff, professors and residents of the city Jacksonville step up and help bring a smile to children’s faces.

This can be done by bringing coloring books, crayons, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to specified drop off points during the month of November.

Specifically, the drop off dates will be November 11, 13, 19 and 21 in the Theron Montgomery Building lobby on the JSU campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone can participate, as either an individual bringing a single coloring book, to organizations that bring many.

The organization that donates the most supplies to Circle K will be able to send five members with Circle K when the supplies are donated to Children’s Hospital.

For more information, contact club president Kimberly Anderson at kanderson3@jsu.edu or Public Relations Chair Isiah Burgin at iburgin@jsu.edu. Information can also be found at the JSU Circle K Facebook page by searching JSU Circle K International.

Christiana Tyler
Arts & Entertainment Editor

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