The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration (JHBC) received over $3,500 in donated items for its annual holiday food and toy drive to benefit vulnerable and low-income families in the community.

The two drives were held from Nov. 1 through Dec. 16.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni gather about $1,500 in food and hygiene items, which were donated to the Obershaw DEN on campus and will benefit students on the CSUSB campus. Likewise, over $2,000 in toys, socks and blankets were donated to the Inland Empire Mutual Aid Group, More Hope Project, which collects and distributes the items for the vulnerable and low-income families and the homeless.

The two drives were organized by the MBA service team, and the marketing department in collaboration with various JHBC departments and offices that included public administration, management, accounting and finance, information and decision sciences, the JHBC Office of Academic Equity, global ambassadors and the professional writing office.

Kirstyn Hansen in the MBA Office and Marina Kamel from the Department of Marketing and the JHBC Office of Academic Equity joined forces in 2020 during the pandemic to hold their first holiday toy drive, where 200 toys and books, 32 blankets, 90 pairs of socks and 4 tubes of wrapping paper were donated.

Hansen and Kamel are thankful for the wonderful response from the students, alumni, faculty and staff as they’ve tripled their donations since then and included the Obershaw DEN this time around.