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Psych Club organize Christmas charity

    By Pavel Stankov. December 3, 2012 - 12:28 pm

The Psychology community at HPU is involved in local service projects. Photo by: Brian Metcalf

This Christmas the Psychology Club at HPU hopes to initiate a tradition by organizing a charity event called Giving Tree.

This week the club has set up a kiosk and a Christmas tree on Fort Street Mall in front of the Computer Center. The tree is decorated with postcards for adolescents at the Bobby Benson Center, a residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center located in Kahuku.

The cards indicates an individual’s gender and clothing size, along with a “return by” date and a specific location where people can drop items off. Everybody is invited to participate and make a donation.

“Some of the kids at the center have nothing and would be thankful for anything people can share,” said club president Christina Torres.

In search for private donations from offices and organizations, the club is focusing mostly on clothes and shoes, but school materials are also welcome.

The Psychology Club will be at the kiosk on Fort Street to provide more information about the project Dec. 3, 5 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bobby Benson Center is a non-profit organization aiming to help adolescents ages 13 to 17 who struggle with substance abuse and troubled families. Many of these teenagers live in the center’s grounds near Kahuku, where they are helped achieve independence and return successfully to society.

Providing education is an important part of the Bobby Benson Center’s mission, which is why school supplies would be appreciated at the Giving Tree. People will also be able to contribute monetary donations.

The Psychology Club at HPU organizes charity events year round and welcomes all students and faculty members.

For more information about this and other community service projects, email