Pittsburg State students and staff remember local foster teens

Pittsburg State has the holiday spirit, but students and faculty are thinking about more than just Christmas break.

Gorillas are giving back to the community with toy drives, winter coat drives, and a drive that focuses on older kids who may not come to mind immediately when you think, “Christmas shopping.”

“They tend to be forgotten, those teenagers that are in foster care. It’s really easy to find gifts for 2-year-olds, for babies, and for 10-year-olds, but it’s harder for teens to get gifts,” said Lynn Murray, an associate professor of marketing at PSU.

Members of the PSU Marketing Association have been spreading the word about their holiday gift drive for teens in foster care. For some students, this act of charity is one that hits close to home.

“Some of our students here at Pitt State were in the foster system and aged out of it or ended up reunited with their parents, but they remember those times as very difficult times,” said Murray.

Students say one of the biggest challenges is finding gifts that teens will genuinely enjoy. They say gift cards and small electronics are good ways to go, but another really popular gift for teens is one that plenty of gorillas love themselves: PSU schwag.

“I mean being a college student, I feel like there’s not a lot I can give but I can go out and buy a Pitt State tee shirt for under $40 and just give back a little,” said PSU graduate student Katren Rienbol.

If you’d like to donate a gift for Kansas foster teens, there’s still time to help out. Gifts will be accepted through December 5th at PSU’s Kelce Hall in room 110.