Donation boxes for the annual UNT toy drive supported by UNT Staff Senate will be placed in various locations on campus starting Nov. 21.
Toy Drive donations have increased each year since the annual drive relaunched in 2008. The drive benefits children and families in Denton County who are unable to purchase gifts for the holiday season. Staff Senate partners with WFAA’S Santa’s Helpers and delivers the toys to the Denton County Toy Store.
The department is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys at any of the drop-off locations on campus. The boxes will be in almost every major campus building including academic and residence halls.
Scott Windham, network engineer II with IT Shared Services and former Staff Senate chair, says that it is all about the children and making an impact on them. Windham has headed the efforts of the Toy Drive since 2008.
“Every toy does truly make a difference,” Windham says. “We’ve been told by staff at the Toy Store that if it hadn’t been for UNT’s donations, some years they would have had to turn people away.”
Windham says the Toy Store staff has been continually impressed with the number of donations UNT dropped off. In 2008, about 750 toys were donated. By 2015, that number had grown to about 1,800 toys.
“This is a great way for our campus to give back to a community that continues to support us,” he says.
Donation boxes will be collected at noon Dec. 16 and taken to the Toy Store that afternoon.
— Gabrielle Ebron, student assistant, University Relations, Communications and Marketing