University Police Spearheading Donation Drives this Holiday Season

Cougars for Causes Holiday Bash is Saturday


Columbus State’s 3rd annual Cougars for Causes campaign is spreading the spirit of giving this holiday season with a series of donation drives that will benefit at least six nonprofit organizations in the greater Columbus area.

Cougars for Causes, led by University Police with the intent to garner greater participation in CSU’s campus community, offers participants a unique opportunity to donate different items at different times to a variety of organizations.

“Smaller efforts can sometimes fall short,” said University Police Sergeant Brett Stanelle, organizer of this year’s efforts, “but being able to have multiple organizations come together has led to greater success.”

Last year, police efforts led to the donation of 1,564 items by students, faculty, and staff.

This year’s Cougars for Causes donations will benefit:

  • Feeding the Valley

  • St. Anne Community Outreach

  • Open Door Community House

  • Valley Rescue Mission

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus

  • Santa’s Castle


To become a Cougar for a Cause, participants are asked to bring stuffed animals, toys, coloring books and crayons, or non-perishable food items to special events or drop donations in the bins located around campus.

The next Cougars for Causes event, the 1st Annual Holiday Bash, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 during a basketball double-header that starts at 12 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center.

This is the first year CSU Athletics has been involved in the donation drives.

“Support from CSU Athletics has not gone unnoticed,” said Stanelle. “The work they have put into this year’s project is certain to benefit Cougars for Causes. More importantly, their efforts will help more people have a happier holiday season.”

The men’s basketball team tips off against Carver Bible College at 12 p.m., and the women’s basketball team tips off against Selma University at 2 p.m. Each game will feature a Teddy Bear Toss at halftime and an opportunity to pose for holiday photos with Cody the Cougar.

Donations to Cougars for Causes will also be accepted at University Police headquarters on CSU’s main campus and RiverPark campus until Monday, Dec. 8. For more information, please contact Sergeant Stanelle at 706-568-2022.

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