Islander Student-Athletes Collect Books for Children's Hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) gathered hundreds of books for the youths at Driscoll Children's Hospital during its recent book drive. The event was part of the Christmas in the Southland community service initiative.
 
"These children might not get the Christmas we would want them to," Ashley Phelps said, "so having the ability to come in and put a smile on their face and make it better is a great feeling."
 
After weeks of gathering donations for the drive, the Islanders dropped the books off to Driscoll on Saturday, Dec. 14. SAAC set up donation bins around campus and also gathered donations during the Islanders Basketball doubleheader on Sunday, Dec. 8.
 
"It's just so much fun to help out these kids, especially around Christmas time," Bryce Johnston said. "If you can make someone's day better by bringing them books, saying hi or giving them a hug, it's completely worth it to me."
 
Since 1953, Driscoll Children's Hospital has been a beacon of light for the children of South Texas. The hospital's medical staff is comprised of pediatric specialists in more than 32 medical and 13 surgical specialties. During 2012 Driscoll had more than 72,000 clinic visits and performed more than 6,700 surgeries. It serves 31 counties and 33,000 square miles of South Texas.
 
This is one of several community service initiatives for SAAC this holiday season. The group has also joined forces with the Toys for Tots program for the fifth consecutive year and took part in the TOMS Style Your Soul event in the past two weeks.
 
The mission of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image.