From homemade toys to cars, and we mean real cars, Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) is taking the season of giving to a whole new level. Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program will give away two refurbished vehicles to families in need while students donate hundreds of toys to the Toys for Tots program at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Building K on the Washburn Tech campus at 5724 SW Huntoon St.
Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides will be gifting a 2006 Dodge Caravan, donated by the Kansas Corporation Commission, and a 2014 Ford Fusion, donated by Geico Insurance. Recipients of the new rides, chosen through a nomination process, also receive a bag of car-care products and the promise of the first oil change and check-up.
Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service project of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) that partners auto students with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish vehicles, which are awarded to local individuals, families or organizations in need. Area businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles on the road again. These vehicles become the 17th and 18th Recycled Rides to be given away in our community since Washburn Tech began participating in the program.
In addition, Washburn Tech will officially donate hundreds of toys to the Toys for Tots campaign. The homemade wooden step stools, hobby horses and yoyos will be made during Washburn Tech’s Toys for Tots Build Day. The event involves students, instructors and volunteers who make homemade toys for local children in need. Last year, approximately 850 toys were built. This annual event is sponsored by Washburn Tech’s Student Government Association and SkillsUSA Chapter.