For the 13th consecutive year the white and red cardboard Toys for Tots boxes are out on Millersville University’s campus for the holiday season. Arthur White, a police supervisor within the Millersville University Police Department who heads up the initiative, says the boxes were placed in the Student Memorial Center, Dilworth and Palmer.
“I think because we all have received help in some way it is always good to give back,” says White.
New, unwrapped toys will be collected until Dec. 6 for this holiday season, however, University Police accept toys all year round. All toys are given to Toys for Tots.
Last year, Millersville University helped collect toys, with other entities in the area, to contribute a total of about 50,000 toys that made Christmas a little brighter for 17,836 needy children in Lancaster County. Overall, the organization helped 7,367,865 children.
“The benefits of helping your community with organizations like Toys for Tots helps [to give] the community with a better future,” says White.
University police and security officers have participated in the Toys for Tots program for the past 12 years by picking up toys during off-time and on their breaks.
Toys for Tots is a not-for-profit charity run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that collects and distributes toys to needy children throughout the country.