Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University concluded their Toys for Tots collection campaign on Thursday with a record number of toys collected. Over a five week collection period, 607 toys were donated, along with $1775 in monetary donations. All of these donations will provide children with gifts for the holiday season.
“I’m overwhelmed with the response from the Washburn community,” said Kaitlin West, chair of the Toys for Tots committee. “Students, faculty, and staff really stepped up to donate and give back to the community. They saw a need and were eager to help.”
In addition to the university’s collection campaign, several other Washburn groups donated to Toys for Tots in their own way. For the fifth year in a row, Washburn Tech hosted their Toys for Tots Build Day, where students, technical instructors, and volunteers made toys. This year they built and donated over 1000 toys, including wooden step stools, hobby horses, and yoyos.
The Washburn Student Social Work student organization has given money to Toys for Tots for several years now, and their tradition continued this year. They presented $500 to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots efforts.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members donated toys at several collection events, including a football game and basketball game. The Washburn Toys for Tots committee placed collection boxes on campus for the five week campaign. For more than ten years, Washburn has held a collection campaign for Toys for Tots.