The Temple Law community once again came together
to make the holidays a little brighter for needy families in
Northeast Philadelphia with the second annual Temple Law toy drive
benefiting CORA Services.
The 2013 drive, dubbed "Moment of Thanks," brought students,
faculty, staff, and alumni together to donate 617 toys to at risk
children whose families receive assistance through CORA.
"It's good to take a moment to remember what's important," Dean
JoAnne Epps offered in explanation of the theme, adding "it's also
good to come together as a community and make an unequivocal
statement that we know there is need, and we care." The toy
drive was preceded at Thanksgiving by a similarly themed food drive
benefiting Philabundance, which was also a resounding success.
The toys will be distributed to needy children by CORA Services,
a non-profit organization that provides education, counseling,
therapy, and guidance to more than 16,000 children and families
experiencing emotional, academic, and social challenges. All toys
will go to benefit needy families in the lower Northeast section of
the city (Frankford/Juniata/Bridesburg/Northwood).
The toys were picked up on December 16th and will be
distributed by a team of community leaders from the Northeast
Philadelphia neighborhoods served by CORA.
The following people are shown left to right above: front
row, Charlene Lewis, Coordinator, Northeast EPIC, CORA Services and
Dean JoAnne Epps; second row, Yves Marie Sesir, Northeast EPIC,
Parent Elite; Nafisah Lewis, Northeast EPIC, Community Leader;
Jason Dawkins, City Council, Office of Maria D. Quinones Sanchez;
Kimberly Washington '09, formerly of CORA; Ken Spivak, Partner at
Spivak and Spivak LLP and President of the TLAA; and Sandy Hill
'14, student co-chair. Not pictured is student co-chair Hilary
Hannan '14. Photo credit Ryan Brandenburg, Temple University