Troy University business students help to brighten Christmas for area children

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY – For some children and families in the city of Troy, Santa Claus will come this year dressed in Troy University cardinal.

Students who are members of the University’s chapter of Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity recently completed their annual toy and clothing drive to help local underprivileged children have a brighter Christmas. Students packed boxes of clothes and toys on Tuesday to get the ready for deliver to local families, according to the organization’s advisor Sebrena Moten.

“Patricia Thomas, a retired counselor from Troy Elementary School, has done a great job through the years of providing us with names of less fortunate children and we also have had people contact us from the community,” said Moten, an assistant professor in TROY’s Sorrell College of Business. “The students really get behind this effort each year and we have continued to reach more and more families in the Troy area.”

For Isaiah Scott, the organization’s president, the annual drive provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in community service.

“This drive has been an annual event for Phi Gamma Nu for the last 20 years,” the senior from Troy said. “It gives our members the opportunity to give something back to the community. The response of the students has been great and we have seen the number of families affected in the Troy area increase each year. We are just glad to have this opportunity to provide area families with a brighter Christmas.”


Jennifer Schinke, a junior from Eufaula, and Isaiah Scott, a senior from Troy and president of Troy University’s Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity, wrap gifts for the organization’s annual toy and clothing drive. TROY PHOTO/Matt Clower