Student-veterans group hopes to bring holiday cheer to children and families

Toys for Tots at Penn State York

The Toys for Tots collection at Penn State York continues through Friday, Dec. 3.  The toy drive is sponsored by the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and Jared Posedenti, a Penn State York student-veteran, is president of the chapter at the campus.`


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New, unwrapped toys of all kinds are needed for Toys for Tots collection at Penn State York

Penn State York’s Student Veterans of America (SVA), York Chapter, is once again sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive on campus. SVA has joined with the First Capitol Detachment # 521, Marine Corps League of York, Pennsylvania, for this important project. New, unopened, and unwrapped toys will be collected through noon on Dec. 3.

The toys, for children ages newborn through 12-years-old, will be distributed to less fortunate children in the community through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in York, Pennsylvania. Community members are welcome to bring donations to the campus. Toys for children ages 8-12 are urgently needed.

“Our Toys for Tots drive is not only a great way for all students to give back to our community, but it also gives our veteran student body, and the campus community, a chance to get involved on campus for a good cause,” said Jared Posedenti, a Penn State York student-veteran and president of the SVA. “The goal here is to provide for those less fortunate in the community, which I believe is something everyone can get behind this holiday season. The Penn State York SVA chapter is proud to help coordinate such an event.”

Collection boxes are located throughout the campus and donors are encouraged to donate whatever they can. In addition to toys for younger children, donations are also accepted for preteens and teenagers. In the past, items purchased for these groups have included, but are not limited to sporting equipment/bags/balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.

Hundreds of toys have been collected during previous toy drives on campus to help make the holiday season a little brighter for many children and adults. A variety of toys were gathered, from board games and footballs to stuffed animals, riding toys and dolls.

To learn more about additional ways to donate to Toys for Tots, visit

SVA is a national organization sharing best practices, success stories, and supporting one another to further strengthen the student-veteran community. Since SVA’s founding in 2008, more than one million veterans have returned home to pursue a postsecondary degree. SVA focuses on veteran welfare to ensure student-veterans are supported in their transition to education and employment. Through advocacy, partnerships and alumni support, SVA strives to help all student-veterans succeed and contribute to civilian society.

For more information about the York Chapter of the SVA, contact the club president at [email protected].