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Season of Sharing: SLU Showcases Ways To Give Back to Campus Community

by Maggie Rotermund on 12/02/2019
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With the holiday season upon us, Saint Louis University is highlighting organizations at SLU that could benefit from the gift of time or donations.

Campus Kitchen

During the spring 2019 semester, teams of volunteers from SLU’s Divisions of Student Development, Information Technology Services and Development turned out in force to pick up kitchen staples, prepare food and deliver meals. Submitted photo

Billiken 2 Billiken

Billiken 2 Billiken (B2B), an on-campus resale store that sells items back to students at affordable prices, seeks gently used items. It relies on donations to keep their operation open and is accepting of all donations that are in good condition. Donations range from kitchen items and appliances to desk organizers. Any item that cannot be sold in the store will be donated to other non-profit groups. 

Donations can be brought to the store on the ground floor of DeMattias Hall during office hours. The store is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2-7 p.m. B2B will be closed over the Christmas holiday, Dec. 20 – Jan. 1. 

Read more about giving to Billiken 2 Billiken

Billiken Bounty

Billiken Bounty, a free on-campus food resource that seeks to alleviate food insecurity among SLU students, is seeking non-perishable food and volunteers for both winter break and the spring semester.

Shoppers don’t have to demonstrate need and can come and go anonymously. All that is required to access Billiken Bounty’s stores is a SLU photo ID.

Needed items include laundry detergent, juice, pasta and sauce, canned fruit, instant potatoes, rice, individual microwavable meals or individual-sized snacks. 

Those interested in giving can bring food donations to the Dean of Students Office in Busch Student Center, Room 356; place donations in the bins around campus, or make a monetary donation.

Read more about giving to Billiken Bounty

Blue Santa

SLU departments and offices can help Blue Santa make the holidays brighter for local kids by participating in the 2019 Blue Santa Toy Drive. The drive runs through the second week of December when Blue Santa and his elves will collect donated toys.

The drive’s focus is on children between the ages 4 to 12.  Donations should be unwrapped toys and presents for kids in this age range.

Read more about giving to Blue Santa

Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen, a student-led organization that reduces food waste and provides meals to those who are hungry in and around the SLU neighborhood, needs help preparing and delivering meals over the winter season.

The organization will maintain its normal operations and is seeking volunteers as students head home for the holiday break. To volunteer, click this link

Campus Kitchen is staffed by SLU students, staff and faculty members who work to understand and address the complexities of food insecurity, poverty, sustainability and nutrition.

Read more about giving to Campus Kitchen

Health Resource Center

Since 1994, the Saint Louis University Health Resource Center has provided free health care services in an academic environment. This year, the Physical Therapy program is conducting its second annual winter apparel drive for HRC patients. The PT program will accept donations until Friday, Dec. 13.

Individuals can drop off donations in the Physical Therapy Office in the Allied Health Professionals Building, Room 1023, between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Needed winter clothing items include coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters, boots and other winter apparel. 

Read more about giving to the HRC

Labre Ministry

St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry with the Homeless will hold its second Winter Supply Drive to provide clothing and other supplies for the homeless. The drive will run until Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Winter supply items, including socks, gloves, scarves, blankets, coats, hats, and Metro bus passes, are appreciated. Donations will also be accepted at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 10 in the Sinquefield Stateroom.

Read more about giving to Labre

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Saint Louis University’s athletic training program is holding its annual toy drive benefiting Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, and they are seeking donations until the end of finals week from members of the campus and St. Louis community.

Donations can be dropped off to the Athletic Training Office, located on the third floor of the Allied Health Professions Building on South Campus.

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics (MIRT) Club is also collecting toys and other necessary items for the children and parents at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital through Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Donations can be dropped off in Suite 3003 in the Allied Health Professions Building.

Winter Inn

Winter Inn, a men’s shelter operating in the basement of St. Francis Xavier College Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights, is seeking donations of new socks and underwear, as well as travel sized toiletry items and gloves.

Winter Inn is part of the St. Louis Winter Outreach program, a collection of churches and faith-based organizations which provides emergency shelter to supplement government services. The program operates Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 each year on nights when the temperature drops below 20 degrees.

For more information or to donate to Winter Inn, please email

Read more about giving to Winter Inn

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