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2007.11.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Students Collecting Books, Toys for Refugee, Immigrant Children

Omaha - The Service Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), in conjunction with the International Center for the Heartland, has organized a book and toy drive to benefit refugee and immigrant children in the Omaha area.

Gently used and new educational toys and books (for children ages 3 to 5) can be dropped off at any Omaha Public Library branch, the Ralston Public Library or the Criss Library on the UNO campus through Friday, Nov. 30.

The items collected will be donated to the International Center for the Heartland in Omaha, which serves as a one-stop shop for direct and referral services for the refugee and immigrant community. The center also provides a cultural safe haven where members of the international community can gather and socialize.

Additionally, money raised during this drive will fund Mommy and Me classes for refugee families.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, as part of the project, UNO students will host a fund-raising raffle in the Milo Bail Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The project with the International Center for the Heartland not only provides a great deal of service to Omaha’s refugee and immigrant community, but it also gives UNO students hands-on experience in service learning, said Kathe Oleson of UNO’s Service Learning Academy. “Our students have worked very hard to ensure the book and toy drive is a success just in time for the holiday season.”

For more information on the project, contact Kathe Oleson at kathleeoleson@mail.unomaha.edu or 554-2427.

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