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Holiday Donation Drive helps Midland Children

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You can fill a stocking for various age groups of children. You can fill a stocking for various age groups of children.
Students sign up to pick up a stocking to fill for the holidays Students sign up to pick up a stocking to fill for the holidays

 By: Sierra Bryson

 After splurging on yourself a little on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, giving back to your community on Giving Tuesday is a way to show thanks for that's what the Thanksgiving time is for.

 Carolina Cares is a USC's campus fundraising and donation drive committee. The group partners with the Salvation Army during the holiday season to make the holidays happier for Midlands' children.

 Matthew Isales is the director of Carolina Cares who says, though the major holiday shopping days are over, the busy time of year is just beginning for his organization.

 "We kind of continue the shopping theme, but its now not for myself. But for the people in the community, it turns from being an activity centered on yourself to and activity centered on other people," says Isales.

 The stocking drive has filled over 400 stockings with everything from coloring book to toothbrushes. Matt hopes to reach 1,000 by the end of the week.

 Everyone on USC's campus is encouraged to come out and help fill the stockings with age-appropriate items for young girls and boys. 

 Isales likes having the drive on campus because it hits home for some.

 "Everyone here you know is pretty young and they can still remember the times when they were opening their first gifts for the holidays, and trying to remember what that feels like to actually get a gift from people," says Isales.

 He and Carolina Cares hope to continue this 45-year-old tradition by continuing to help families and those in need.

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