Pictured left to right are Laura Littlejohn, Corissa Tefft, Sister Denise Roche and Laura Carballa. Image by D. John Bray.
DYC Freshman Wins iPad in National Volunteerism Competition
Buffalo, New York – November 16, 2012 – Corissa Tefft, a freshman physician assistant student at D'Youville College in Buffalo, was one of seven students selected as a winner of a new iPad from Barnes & Noble.
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) hosts a National Student Day Competition annually that is "all about celebrating and promoting social responsibility by college students."
Corissa wrote an essay explaining how she started a "Pajama Drive" at Rosewood Heights Nursing Home in Syracuse, where she has been volunteering since 2006. Her idea stemmed from her sympathy towards the patients at the home who did not have enough personal funds to purchase clothes and were wearing only the home-provided gowns.
The Central Square N.Y. native said in her submission, "It was very sad to me seeing the same people each week wearing the same hospital gowns, the single outfit they own."
She wrote to local newspapers each year during the holiday season asking for both clothing and monetary donations. Corissa, a graduate of Paul V. Moore High School, collects these donations and even sorts them for each resident, being careful that everyone gets what they need, the citation said.
NACS hosts this competition every year and Laura Carballa, Barnes & Noble D'Youville Bookstore manager, hopes to award a D'Youville student a valuable prize next year. "We were all excited that one of our students was selected," she said.
Contact: Laura Carballa at 716-829-7666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.