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Toys for Toddlers, Babies and Teens Needed
UCSD Annual Toy Drive Benefits Children Hospitalized During the Holidays

By Ioana Patringenaru | December 4, 2006

Every year, hundreds of children spend the holidays in the hospital; and every year, the UCSD community reaches out to them.

UCSD Annual Toy Drive (Image from baby-rattles.co.uk)

This year’s holiday toy drive will benefit children in the burn unit at the UCSD Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente’s Pediatric Unit. It runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 12 at 17 locations on campus.

“It’s a great opportunity for UCSD to impact the community,” said Anna Gandolfi, business manager for the UCSD Guardian, who coordinates this year’s drive. “People know we’re up here and we care.”

All toys and gifts will be collected and brought to the UCSD Staff Association Pancake Breakfast Dec. 13. Then they will be loaded onto trucks and delivered to little ones who are in the hospital this holiday season, said Gandolfi. Santa himself will hand out the toys, she said. “Letting them know that they’re cared for is important for me,” she said. “That’s just my passion.”

The toy drive is a joint effort of the UCSD Staff Association and the Associated Students Volunteer Connection.

“Everyone understands why it’s important to have something extra when it gets tough for the family,” said Andrew Nguyen, a bioengineering major who serves as a Volunteer Connection director and oversees six tutoring and mentoring programs.

A lot of people on campus come from families who can celebrate Christmas every year, so it’s nice to reach out to those who might not be able to do the same, he said. “It’s really important,” said Nguyen.

UCSD Annual Toy Drive Suggested donations for the toy drive include:

* Stuffed toys
* Teen gifts (makeup, nail polish, lotions, sportswear, sports equipment, posters, movies, CD players with AC adapters)
* Infant gifts (developmental toys, rattles, musical toys, mobiles)
* Toddler and preteen gifts (Barbies and other dolls, toy trucks, crayons, finger paint, markers, coloring books, music CDs, Disney movies, Nintendo 64 games, large block Legos, wooden puzzles, board games)

Drop off boxes are available at the following locations:

* AS Soft Reserves (1st floor, Old Student Center)
* AS Volunteer Connection Office (2nd floor, Price Center)
* EDNA
* Muir College: Sierra Summit
* Peterson Hall lobby
* SOLO office
* University Extension: Student Services Office
* York Hall lobby
* Marshall College: OVT Dining
* Warren College: Earl's Place
* Revelle College: Plaza Cafe
* Eleanor Roosevelt College: Ventanas restaurant
* UCSD Bookstore: 1st floor lobby
* Police Department, Campus Services Complex
* SIO, Building 104
* Supercomputer Center, 1st floor lobby
* Torrey Pines Center South, Room 348

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