|Since 2008, the TU Stuff-a-Bus campaign has collected over 13,000 pounds of food and almost 3,000 toys for needy families in the region.|
TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 8, 2011)—For the fourth 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 "One Towson—One Community."
“The annual Stuff-a-Bus toy drive is one of TU’s biggest charity efforts," says Patrick Young, drive chairman and TU veterans services coordinator.
"Last year we collected a tremendous number of toys and food items. We depend on TU students, faculty, staff and the neighboring Towson community, and they always come through for us and help us serve those in need.”
Drop-off boxes can be found in all campus buildings and a collection bus will be parked outside Enrollment Services on Dec. 7-8, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year will also feature a benefit concert by the Ken Ebo Jazz Orchestra to be held Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall. Admission for the event is one food item or one new, unwrapped toy.
The campaign culminates on Dec. 14 in front of the University Union, where the bus will be parked to collect donations during the faculty/staff holiday reception at 4 p.m. From there, the bus will be dispatched to a Marine Corps warehouse and the Maryland Food Bank.
Last year TU collected 6,291 pounds of food and 700 toys. This year, the goal is to collect 22,000 donated food or toy items—or one from every TU student.
"If we all could just dig in a little bit, this year can be a year to remember for so many in need," says Ed Gizara, drive coordinator and TU operations manager. "Towson is known for thinking outside. This year, I would also like to be known for thinking with our hearts."