UAB IT is looking to make the holidays a little brighter for some children in need.
The department is kicking off UAB’s 22nd annual Toy Drive on Monday, Nov. 30. UAB IT has organized the Toy Drive for more than 10 years.
Toys collected in the drive will be donated to Toys for Tots. Eric Thompson, who is leading the effort for the fourth year, said UAB IT is proud to organize the UAB Toy Drive. UAB is the largest contributor to the local Toys for Tots effort.
“Every child deserves a happy holiday,” Thompson said. "We are grateful for the support of UAB employees and students to this campaign year after year."
Boxes to collect toy donations will be located in buildings across campus, including the Administration Building, Athletics building, Cudworth, Rust, Facilities, Hoehn Engineering building, Lister Hill Library, Optometry, RSB and School of Nursing. Anyone interested in participating can email Eric Thompson.
New, unwrapped toys are needed for the toy drive. UAB IT and UAB Police Department volunteers will pick up the toys the morning of Thursday, Dec. 17, and collect them in the lobby of the Administration Building, where Santa Claus and his elf will greet those with last-minute donations at the second annual Drive-Thru Santa event.
The 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive is underway! From now until December 11th, members of the UAB community are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys suitable for children between the ages of infant and 12 years.
Individuals wishing to donate toys should place them in the designated collection boxes or bring them to the UAB Administration Building lobby by noon on December 11th. Toy collection boxes are located in buildings throughout campus, including the Administration Building, Campbell Hall, CH19, Cudworth Hall, FAB, Kaul Building, Heritage Hall, Hoehn, Lister Hill Library, School of Nursing, Public Health and the UAB Police Department just to name a few. Sterne Library is also participating again this year, and library fines not exceeding $25 will be waived when you bring in the overdue books and a new, unwrapped toy (applied to current overdue books and fines only).
For more information about the 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive, contact Lauren Ritchie at 975-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.