More than 75 students from The University of Texas-Pan American traveled to several colonias in San Carlos Dec. 10 to help children in need.
The Student Association for Medical Spanish (SAMS) and Habitat for Humanity teamed up this year to collect more than 300 toys. Drop-off boxes were placed in the Student Union and at the UTPA library. Faculty and students were encouraged to drop off toys between Nov. 21 and Dec. 9.
SAMS also held several off-campus events to collect the toys. The distribution of the toys was carried out with Nuestra Clinica Del Valle (NCDV). Students helped 70 families celebrate Christmas.
This is the second year SAMS hosted a toy drive. Organizers said the toy drive is a way to express their gratitude to NCDV for the support they give to students throughout the year. Students in the Medical Spanish program serve as interns at NCDV. They gain hands-on experience in using the Spanish language as a tool for diagnosis and treatment of disease and for health promotion and education.