TU 'stuff a bus' campaign collects for Maryland Food Bank, Toys-for-Tots
All-campus giving initiative accepts donations through Dec. 16
TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 10, 2009)—Ever wonder what a bus filled with more than a ton of food looks like? Ed Gizara, TU’s Operations Manager for Parking and Transportation Services, will be happy to show you. Gizara is organizer of TU's “Stuff-a-Bus” campaign to collect food and toys for Maryland families in need, which has collected more than 2,000 pounds of food and hundreds of toys since its launch in mid-November. Gizara organized a similar drive in 2008, and was encouraged by TU administration to expand this year's effort to an all-campus collaboration.
“This year I was asked to do this campus-wide,” he says, “in the hopes we could pull all groups and departments together into one massive collection. Many groups were working toward the same goal—to make the holidays a little brighter for struggling Maryland families. It made sense for the Towson University community to combine efforts and make a real difference."
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. One bus will be filled with food products that will 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. A bus will be parked in front of the Enrollment Services Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., making final collections before moving in front of the University Union in time for the faculty/staff campus holiday reception. The next day, the buses will be dispatched to a Marine Corps warehouse and the Maryland Food Bank.