Updated: Help bring a smile to foster children this holiday

It’s here! It’s here! Snow came early this year in Oregon and the giving spirit of Christmas is also in the air.

Western Oregon University has organized a Toy Drive to benefit local foster children this holiday season! It’s a wonderful and charitable event run by students, staff, faculty, and the community. The WOU Toy Drive is going on now until December 20th, so let’s hurry and help spread a little joy.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Toys! New, unwrapped toys, and cash donations.

2. Volunteer. Coordinate a toy collection in your department, dorm, or office and motivate others to bring toys.

3. Wrapping. Donate or collect wrapping paper, ribbons and bows for a toy wrapping party!

Toys

Here’s a list of donation areas where you can drop off your unwrapped toys:

HAMERSLY LIBRARY HUMANITIES OFFICE: HSS 313

ADVISING OFFICE: APSC 401

STUDENT HEALTH & COUNSELING

DIVISON OF EXTENDING PROGRAMS

 

Here’s a Wishlist of toys you can donate:

Children to 4 years

  • Children’s books
  • Phonics books for toddlers
  • Knowledge and learning games
  • Educational toys
  • Stuffed animals

4 -6 years old

  • Dolls/toys
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Diego
  • Sponge Bob
  • Elmo
  • Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Stuffed animal

7 -8 years old

  • Matchbox cars
  • Demi Lovato
  • Books
  • Power Rangers
  • Race cars/ trucks
  • Dolls (age approp.)
  • Camprock & HS Musical
  • Stuffed animals

9-11 years old

  • Action figures
  • Teck Decks
  • Moxi Dolls
  • Pillow Pets
  • Games
  • Young adult books

12 years and older

  • MP3 players
  • Gift cards to:
    • Fred Meyers
    • Target
    • American Eagle
    • Aeropostale

Games and books

  • Board games (ages 4-18)
  • Jenga
  • Journals
  • Chalk
  • Educational/ learning books
  • Age appropriate books
  • Card games

Outside toys

  • Basketballs
  • Footballs
  • Bocce ball set
  • Huge bouncy balls
  • Hula Hoops
  • Nerf sports balls
  • Soccer balls
  • Jump ropes
  • Playground balls
  • Skate boards

CONTACT: JACKSON STALLEY STALLEYJ@WOU.EDU 838-8894

Make a child smile this holiday season. Donate a toy or your time to the WOU Toy Drive.

 By Tia Jay

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