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Athletes Gather PJs and Toys for Local Children

pajama drive- softball and track  (2).JPGFrom Dec. 3-7, 56 members of Eastern's softball and track teams collected 75 pairs of pajamas and $450 in donations to present to the local chapter of the local pajama program. "We held this all week and the campus community was very generous," said head softball coach Diana Pepin. "The athletes enjoyed being part of something bigger."

On Nov. 27, members of Eastern's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams organized a toy drive, asking the campus community to bring at least one unwrapped toy to the men's and women's basketball games on Nov. 27. The Eastern family responded, dropping off toys at the Sports Center right up through Dec. 7. Both basketball teams and their Toy Drive 2.jpgfamilies donated toys, as did the teams and families of the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. "We also had numerous toys donated from the faculty and staff at Eastern," said Christine Hutchison, head field hockey and women's lacrosse coach. "We collected 73 new toys, not just beanie babies or match box cars, but a Lego set, Play Doh pizza maker, Lazer Tag, action cars, Melissa & Doug dolls, and more. We donated the toys to the Holy Family Home and Shelter on Jackson Street in Willimantic. Any toys they do not use will go to Windham Area Interfaith Ministries (WAIM)."

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