Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is an official drop-off site for the Toys for Tots program this holiday season.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus and its Oakdale, Apple Valley, Minnetonka and Rochester centers will accept donations of new, unwrapped toys between Nov. 30 and Dec. 19. Headed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 65 years, Toys for Tots has provided more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million underprivileged children.
Typically, Toys for Tots experiences a shortage of toys for infants and teen-agers, so residents are encouraged to purchase gifts for the ages of 0 to 2 and 15 to 17. The university is also encouraging donors to contribute educational toys that spur creativity and thought.
Donations should be placed in the designated box inside the main entrance at the Minnetonka Center (12450 Wayzata Boulevard).
"As more families have less to spend at Christmas, the Toys for Tots program needs our help more than ever before," said Don St. Dennis associate vice president for university relations for the Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. "We are proud to help these families in need and strengthen our communities this holiday season through our partnership with Toys for Tots."
For more information about Saint Mary’s participation in Toys for Tots, contact Julia Jenson at 612-728-5119 or follow Saint Mary’s on Twitter at @SMUGradPrograms.
For more information about Toys for Tots visit www.toysfortots.org.