In the spirit of giving during the Christmas season, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, through its time-honored Love Drive campaign, distributed gifts packs in various communities, this city from December 11-16, 2016.
With the theme, “Magmahal at Magpasaya ngayong Pasko,” the Love Drive is the AdZU community's way of celebrating Christmas by showing love and spreading joy to its partner communities, in the spirit of “love, generosity, acceptance and equality”.
For the year 2016, Campus Ministry Office (CMO) Director Joy Tugade reported that the Love Drive served more than a thousand families from barangays with whom the university has partnered in various programs during the past years. They include Monte Central, Patalon; Labuan, Campo Uno; Kapuk, Lamisahan; Fishermen Village, Manicahan; Luuk, Limpapa; Simariki Island and Masepla Transitory sites.
A collaborative effort of college students, faculty, staff and the central services unit of the university, the Love Drive is spearheaded by the CMO, in coordination with the Center for Community Extension Services.
This year’s Love Drive campaign was launched last September 07, 2016. Packing of goods which included basic food items such as rice, sugar, canned goods, noodles and milk, was held December 10, 2016 at the Multi-Purpose Covered Court, participated in by the Alliance of Religious Organization (ARO), student volunteers and the Physical Plant Office (PPO) personnel.
Other recipients of this year’s Love Drive included families affected by the December 25 fire in Camino Nuevo.