Kira Hays / Associate editor
The Del Mar College Bookstore took part in the fourth annual National Student Day by hosting a toy and book drive.
National Student Day is a program for college bookstores around the country to show appreciation to students who volunteer or participate in community service. At the Del Mar College Bookstore, students made donations for toys for patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital during the week of September 15-26. During this time, the bookstore raised money to purchase toys for the children at Driscoll. The children enjoy receiving toys, books, blankets and other items.
Arissa Martinez and Jasmine Orozco, employees of the bookstore, delivered the gifts to Driscoll Children’s Hospital volunteer coordinator Dorothy Calloway. “It felt great delivering a huge box full of gifts for the children at Driscoll,” Orozco said. “I think they will really like what we got them.” Martinez said she was full of anticipation before delivering the gifts. “I was so excited,” Matinez said. “I wish we could’ve seen the looks on the kids faces when they were handed the gifts, but I’m sure they loved them.”
On Oct. 9, a celebration was held in the bookstore with free popcorn, snacks, games and prizes to show appreciation for the students’ donations.
“We had a great turnout and the students really enjoyed the games, especially Tic Tac Toe,” said Melissa Martinez, a Del Mar College Bookstore employee. “It was a nice opportunity for them to take a break from classes and studying to have some fun in the middle of the day.”