Washburn University is again partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve to collect new, unwrapped toys for children (infant to age 18) and monetary donations that will be used to purchase toys. The collection begins today and continues through Dec. 13.
This year’s Toys for Tots Committee has set a goal of 400 toys and $1,000. Last year's Toys for Tots drive at Washburn yielded 386 toys and $606.63 for Topeka area children.
Large Toys for Tots boxes are being set up at more than 20 locations around at the Washburn campus including the School of Law, Mabee Library, Morgan Hall and the iCard Center (main level) and Ichabod Shop (lower level) in the Memorial Union. At least one will be stationed at Washburn Tech, 5724 SW Huntoon St., Building A. Monetary lock boxes are expected in at least two locations at Washburn.
A collection box for both toys and monetary donations will be on hand and the Washburn Alumni Association After Hours event beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. And an opportunity to bring toys or monetary donations to a December basketball game is being organized with Washburn Athletics.
As in past years, the Ichabod Shop will offer at 25 percent discount on all items purchased for Toys for Toys and left in the store's collection box.
Those with questions about donations are encouraged to contact Toys for Tots committee co-chairs, Gary Handy, student activities and Greek life, or Julie Unruh, school of nursing. Visit toysfortots.org to learn more about the Toys for Tots program.
Michaela Saunders, university relations, Toys for Tots committee member 785-670-2154 (available by email on Friday, Nov. 23.)
Gary Handy, assistant director, student activities and Greek life, committee co-chair, 785-670-1727
Julie Unruh, adjunct, School of Nursing, committee co-chair, 785-554-8149