Texas Southmost College recently delivered toys to the children of Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School in Brownsville to help make Christmas a little brighter.
Every year, TSC selects a different elementary school that will benefit from the Angel Tree Toy Drive hosted by TSC Student Life. The drive garners hundreds of donations from TSC students, faculty and staff over the course of several weeks.
This year, TSC was able to help every one of the 263 students from Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School.
“Our TSC community always comes through,” said TSC Board of Trustee Chairman Ruben Herrera. “It’s all about helping our future Scorpions and helping a child who may not be expecting presents under their tree.”
This year’s toy distribution was a drive-thru event with Santa Claus even making an appearance.
Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School Principal Petra Torres said she jumped for joy when she found out that TSC would be collecting gifts for her students.
“I am so grateful for everything TSC has done for my students. It brings happy tears to my eyes,” Torres said. “I love all of my kids and I know for a fact that this will make a huge difference. It’s important that they know that even through this difficult time we are celebrating them.
“On behalf of our staff and students, we thank TSC,” she continued. “It is community partnerships like this one that allow us to work together to build our community and continue to grow and prosper our city for better tomorrows.”
Keeping the Tradition Alive
TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez said there is satisfaction in knowing that the college community has been able to make a difference in the lives of others.
“Today is a big deal for these children and their families. I can see it in their eyes,” said Rodriguez. “I’m proud and honored to be able to serve our community in this aspect. These are our future Scorpions and we have to do whatever we can to keep the magic of the holidays alive.”
TSC’s Executive Director of Student Life and Civility Armando Ponce is appreciative of the support from the TSC community.
“I am thankful for the efforts and contributions that make this event possible for us and the children and families we serve,” said Ponce. “This toy drive and distribution positively affects our community and keeps this tradition alive.”