UC Davis, Toys for Tots Organize Holiday Toy Drive

Dec. 1, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - On the heels of a successful canned food drive that resulted in over 300 pounds of food for the Yolo County Food Bank, the men's basketball program is teaming with Toys for Tots to organize a holiday toy drive that will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, during UC Davis' next home game against San Jose State.

Fans that donate an unwrapped new toy upon arrival at The Pavilion will have the opportunity to purchase general admission seats for five dollars. The first arriving UC Davis students will also receive a commemorative UC Davis Basketball shirt compliments of Odwalla.

"Every child deserves an enjoyable Christmas. By partnering with Toys for Tots, the men's basketball program is being provided with another opportunity to help those in need during the holiday season," said head coach Jim Les.

Since it inception in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 450 million toys to more than 200 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas.

Only one toy needs to be donated to receive reduced admission, however, those in attendance are allowed to donate as many items as they want for this worthy cause.

"The generosity of those who participated in last month's food drive was overwhelming. We are extremely thankful for their philanthropic support and are looking forward to achieving similar results with Wednesday's toy collection.

Tipoff for Wednesday's game against San Jose State is scheduled for 7 p.m.