Student-veterans group sponsors Toys for Tots collection at Penn State York

New, unwrapped toys of all kinds are needed for the holidays
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The annual Toys for Tots collection is under way at Penn State York.  Patrick Leeper, vice president of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) on campus, Lawrence Spady, president of the SVA, and Anthoy Traynham, left to right, are all student-veterans at Penn State York. 

Credit: Barbara Dennis

YORK, Pa. -- 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 Marine Corps Reserve for this important project. New, unopened and unwrapped toys will be collected through Dec. 14. 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.

“The SVA is involved in this event to help give back to the community that we live and work in, and so the most vulnerable in our community can enjoy the holiday season,” said Lawrence Spady, a Penn State York student-veteran and president of the SVA.

Collection boxes are located throughout the campus and will be prominently displayed at the Dec. 1 viewing of the film “The Polar Express,” at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on campus.

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.

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The Toys for Tots campaign is under way at Penn State York with a variety of collection boxes located around the campus.  Deadline for donating toys is Dec. 14.

Credit: Barbara Dennis

Over the years, hundreds of toys have been collected during the toy drive 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 and dolls.

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 Lawrence Spady, president of the SVA York Chapter, at l[email protected].