Helping needy kids is always a good idea, and it can be fun, too, as students proved during the Office of Student Media’s “Dead Week Diversion” program. Held each semester as a break from studying for exams, the December theme was “Get to Stuffin,’” with students stuffing more than 50 toy animals for local charities while enjoying pizza and sodas.
It was all part of the Bama Buddies program, in partnership between OSM and the Source, the on-campus home of registered student organizations. The program provides volunteers with an experience similar to that found at Build-A-Bear stores, where kids can stuff their own animals.
The Bama Buddies animals were each available for a $10 donation, and then given hearts, named, stuffed by the students and donated to four local charities for kids at Christmas. The charities included Tuscaloosa’s One Place, Turning Point Domestic Abuse Services, the RISE School, and the Stork’s Nest. Each charity also received $3 from each $10 donation in addition to the stuffed animals.
“Bama Buddies was the perfect diversion during Dead Week,” said Paul Wright, director of the Office of Student Media. “It gave students a chance to help out deserving kids, and to have a lot of fun in the process.”