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The Berkeley College community embraced the spirit of giving, collecting 400 toys for children in need as part of its annual December giving initiative that supported Toys for Tots and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson.  

 The initiative was organized by the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Alumni Association. The Berkeley College Athletics Department also strongly supported the initiative, with many student-athletes making multiple donations to the effort. 

 “The word on the back of our warmup shirts is ‘Culture,’ and I feel that part of Berkeley College’s culture has always been to give back to the community,” said Jonathan Pena, head coach of the men’s basketball team. “Our student-athletes were proud to be a part of this initiative, and hopefully we were able to put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.” 

 Photo caption: The Berkeley College Alumni Association donates toys to the toy drive during its Holiday Reception last month. – Photo courtesy of Berkeley College.