Toy trucks, cars and dolls, oh my!
The 2011 Toy Drive
2011 Toy Drive, giving spirit, in full swing
It was early on a Monday morning when Vickie Thompson bustled into the Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement, her arms completely full of boxed dolls. Somewhere within the collection of plastic bags were cars and trucks for boys, too; they just remained obstructed from view.
Thompson, director of dispensing operations, says she just couldn’t resist when she found the items; never mind the fact there were still two months left until the annual toy drive for Community Partners of Dallas, a dental school tradition 14 years and counting.
Giving during the holidays comes naturally for Thompson, especially when it involves youngsters.
“I just love little children and I want every child to feel happy at Christmastime,” she says.
It’s attitudes like Thompson’s that bode well for the 2011 Toy Drive, which offers staff, faculty and students the opportunity to donate gifts to abused and neglected children in Dallas County through Community Partners of Dallas.
“I know who will want to shop for a bicycle, who will take a few cards
and come back to take a few more, and who will tell me,
‘Call me if you have any cards left.’”
Based on the overwhelming response in 2010 — when more than 100 children received gifts from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry community — Lori Dees, administrative coordinator in communications and institutional advancement, who coordinates the school’s contributions to the toy drive, ordered 10 percent more cards in hopes that TAMHSC-BCD could repeat the effort.
“I look forward to this time of year,” says Dees. “I especially like receiving the cards, placing them on the door, watching my coworkers and students carefully peruse the cards for just the right gift, hearing the heartwarming stories of shopping trips with children and grandchildren, and watching the mountains of toys grow.
“We have been doing this so long,” adds Dees, “I know who will want to shop for a bicycle, who will take a few cards and come back to take a few more, and who will tell me, ‘Call me if you have any cards left.’”
In total, more than 5,000 abused and neglected children received gifts last year as a result of the Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive.
Interested in giving?
Cards with information about each child are available on the door of the Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement, Room 522. Simply select a card, fill out your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet, purchase a gift, and bring it to the communications office by Dec. 7. Gifts should be unwrapped with the card firmly attached.
Most of the gifts are in the $10 to $20 range. For more information, contact Dees at ext. 8471.