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UPD Launches 21st Annual Toy Drive

UPD Launches 21st Annual Toy Drive

Each year, UPD officers and employees join Santa and his elves to hand deliver gifts to families in need residing in neighborhoods near campus.

The University Police Department is preparing for its 21st Annual Holiday Toy Drive, which provides both toys and food to neighbors in need.

UPD will work with Lowell Elementary School to identify families that need assistance. Applications from the extended campus community south of the main campus are also being accepted in the UPD lobby service area.

If you are a student or employee who could use a little help this holiday season, please come to the UPD building lobby service area and ask for an application for assistance. You will need your Tower Card to complete the process.

Because of the slow economy, UPD especially appreciates all donations. Please donate toys, money, gift cards and/or your time wrapping toys Dec. 14.

If you would like to place a toy collection bin in your office or collect gift cards from your staff, that would be very much appreciated.

You may also donate online. When you reach this page, click on the “give,” click on “other” and then enter “UPD Holiday Toy Drive.”

Mail checks to the Tower Foundation (Tax ID #83-0403915), One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0183. Note that your donation is for the UPD Holiday Toy Drive.

Here are a few dates to remember:

  • UPD will pick up donation boxes Dec. 6 and 7.
  • UPD will hold a wrapping party noon to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Aerobics Studio at the Event Center.
  • UPD will deliver gifts to families 8 a.m. to Dec. 15, starting at the Seventh Street Garage.

Last year UPD helped more than 200 families, including over 750 children. This year’s goal is 250 families. A very special thank you in advance for your help!

For more information, please contact Claire Kotowski at (408) 924-2174 or Manuel Aguayo at (408) 924-2168.