SHIRISH PATEL CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
The Shirish Patel Christmas Food Drive: gathers and distributes Christmas presents for underprivileged children in West Side Cleveland neighborhoods.
Collection: Runs from December 9-15 (toys will be accepted until the 17th).
Delivery: Christmas in our Community Day, December 18
Moderator: Mr. Bill Kelley '62
Which Toy Should I Bring In: Each homeroom is assigned a gender and age-range for acceptable gifts. Members of Student Senate will visit homerooms with details and suggestions.
Where Do I Turn Toys In: Bring your toys in to homeroom. Teachers will send the toys down to the Student Senate office in the back of Rade Dining Hall.
The Shirish Patel Christmas Toy Drive is an annual event coordinated by members of the Saint Ignatius Student Senate. Students, faculty and staff bring in toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts for children in the neighborhoods around Saint Ignatius who otherwise might not receive any gifts from Santa. Members of the Senate organize the homeroom toy assignments, sort gifts, wrap presents and then distribute them with Santa's help during Christmas in Our Community Day.
In 2015, Rakesh (Rocky) Patel '96 endowed the toy drive with a 10-year perpetual gift in honor of his faither, Shirish. This gift will maintain or replace Santa suits, provide refreshments for school children, and fund supplies for gift-wrapping, photos and more.