Islanders Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Helps Local ‘Toys for Tots’ Drive

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently joined forces with the Toys for Tots program under the leadership of the local coordinator, Gunnery Sergeant Marcelino Barajas. The efforts were also aligned with the “Christmas in the Southland” program.

The efforts of the SAAC were led by softball player Jamise Jackson and baseball player Jordan Lee, the Community Service Co-Chairs of the Islanders group. Alongside GySgt Barajas, the efforts resulted in over 200 new and unwrapped toys in addition to monetary donations from participants. Fans brought the toys to the Islanders Women’s Basketball game against Indiana on Nov. 19 at the American Bank Center.

“SAAC has helped out with the ‘Toys for Tots’ program for several years now,” said Jackson. “It’s a great way for the athletes to help out the community during the holidays.”

In addition to the toy drive at the women’s basketball contest, over 20 Islanders athletes volunteered at the Toys for Tots warehouse on Dec. 5, where they sorted all the toys received in the area by age and gender groupings.

This was the fourth year for the group helping the Marines locally on the project, with the teams on campus giving back to help support the community. The toys will benefit children locally in the Corpus Christi area, and will help give area youth and families a joyful Christmas experience. 

“The ‘Toys for Tots’ drive was a great way to give back to children in need, especially around the holiday season,” said Lee. “It is satisfying knowing the children will have presents to open on Christmas Day!”

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.