|Since 2008, Ed Gizara, left, has collected over 7,000 pounds of food and almost 2,000 toys for needy families in the region.|
TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 8, 2010)—For the third consecutive year, Towson University will conduct its Stuff-a-Bus food and toy drive to benefit the Food Bank of Maryland and Toys for Tots.
This year's theme is "Imagine If."
“Imagine if every person on Towson’s campus gave one toy and one item of food," explains Ed Gizara, drive coordinator and TU operations manager. "That would be 21,000 toys and 21,000 food items. We have the power to make a huge difference.”
TU also welcomes donations from the community. During the week before Thanksgiving, faculty, staff and students placed collection boxes in every residence hall as well as in all academic and administrative buildings.
A collection bus manned by U.S. Marines will be parked outside Enrollment Services on Dec. 9 and Dec. 13-16 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. One bus will be filled with food products to be delivered to the Maryland Food Bank. Another bus will collect new toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
The collection campaign culminates on Dec. 16. The bus will make final collections at Enrollment Services before moving in front of the University Union in time for the faculty/staff campus holiday reception at 4 p.m. The next day, the bus will be dispatched to a Marine Corps warehouse and the Maryland Food Bank.
Last year TU collected 5,245 pounds of food and 1,200 toys that filled two campus buses. More than 12,000 individual items went to the Food Bank and Toys for Tots.
Gizara says he hopes to double that this year.