“McNeese Athletics is proud to partner with Toys for Tots drive,” said SAAC coordinator Alex Haley. “Providing gifts to needy children during the holiday season is a great way for our student-athletes to give back to the community.”McNeese athletes from various sports spent the last month and a half collecting toys for their annual toy drive. The event was promoted throughout the Lake Charles community through social media efforts and various toy drives at an assortment of home athletic events around the McNeese campus.Toy collection spots were coordinated at all home athletic events beginning in November. The Pokes also partnered with A.A. Nelson Elementary School students, who were each asked to contribute a toy toward the campaign. Athletes from all 16 sports were involved and collaborated to donate more than 200 items for the Toys for Tots organization. Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has since become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season. LAKE CHARLES, La. – The McNeese Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) continued its tradition of participating in the Southland Conference’s “Southland Gives Back” initiative by partnering with Toys for Tots to provide holiday cheer to those in the surrounding Lake Charles.