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UWG Continues Holiday Tradition

Coordinators of the Toy Drive at the Department of Family and Children Services said that the number of families in the county requesting assistance has quadrupled since last year and predict that many of them may not receive holiday assistance.

The annual Rudolf to the Rescue Toy Drive will be hoofing it this year. More than 1,100 Toy Drive postcards were sent out to faculty and staff this month with a substantial increase in children needing holiday cheer.

Drop a toy off for the Rudolph to the Rescue Toy Drive at the Townsend Center through Dec. 12.

Employees can play Santa by bringing an unwrapped toy to the Townsend Center and enjoy a holiday brunch with colleagues on Friday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dangle Theatre.

The Rudolph toy drive collects toys and clothing for families receiving some assistance from DFCS and is the largest campus-wide community service project the university sponsors. Last year, vanloads of much needed gifts were delivered to DFCS and the agency hopes that generosity will continue.

More than 1,000 postcards were sent to university faculty and staff with approximately 400 names of children up to the age of 18. This year, winter clothing is needed, but gifts may range from toothbrushes and socks to baseballs and baby dolls.

“It’s a way to give back to the community,” said Erma Shooks, who coordinates the event. “This campus can be very generous.”

Dozens of man-hours are spent at the Townsend Center by staff and students preparing the postcards for campus mail. Many more will be needed to decorate the Dangle Theatre and holiday tree.  

So, bring an unwrapped gift and have a glass of punch with colleagues. You will be glad you did.

Some thoughts from IRP Senior Secretary Erma Shooks:

"After the story ran about the toy drive, I had a call from a single mom with two boys. She wanted me to put her on the list for her sons getting a toy. I told her we don't do it that way but that I'd look around. I am going to make a few phone calls to see what can be done. I think there are a lot of people like her out there."

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