Thursday, December 20, 2007

RW Soul: FAMU President James H. Ammons Gives Holiday Joy to Local Kids

Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons and first lady Judy Ammons kicked off the holiday season with their first annual toy drive. CD players and bicycles were distributed to more than 750 children ranging from ages five to 18. The program benefited children at the FAMU Developmental and Research School and three local community centers — Jack McLean, Jake Gaither and Walker-Ford. The Ammons also delivered bicycles (three for boys and three for girls) to each community center. Collecting the CD players and bicycles was a university collaboration.

“This holiday season is about more than giving presents,” said President Ammons. “It is about showing you care and are concerned; it is a time for family and friends to come today to celebrate the true meaning of the season.”

According to Phyllis Bush, supervisor of the Jack McLean Community Center, the children were to grinning from ear to ear.

“The kids couldn’t wait to show their parents what they had received,” said Bush.

At two of the centers, the children received greetings from the FAMU men’s and women’s basketball teams, Mr. and Mrs. Florida A&M University and Student Government Vice President James Bland. They were entertained by the Marching “100” and the FAMU cheerleaders.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Ammons is a class act. We are so fortunate to have him as our president.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we are very fortunate. And the community is richer because of his presence. I hate to backtrack, but I simply can't help myself. Did CVB ever do such a thing as make herself be known in the community as a "giving" person. We all know that she was a "taking" person, but I don't recall her ever doing something worthy for the community. Well, I suppose in order to do such a thing as giving, you have to have a heart, and we all know that there was not one of those inside that chest of hers. (I know, I know. She's long gone and good riddance, but I just had to go there, and now I'm satisfied and I can move to something more productive to say.)