UCI Police Department Begins Toy Drive

Nov. 30, 2010

The UCI Police Department will be accepting donations of new teddy bears, other stuffed animals, and toys during this holiday season. The bears and toys will be donated to children in the neonatal intensive care and cancer units at UCI Medical Center and to other Orange County children’s organizations (e.g., Children’s Hospital of Orange County) to help comfort kids during the holidays.

In addition, those who donate a teddy bear or toy at the Northwest Entrance of the Bren Events Center on the following dates will receive one free general admission ticket to an Anteater Basketball game (see below for applicable dates).

Saturday, December 4th @ 4:00 PM
UC Irvine Basketball Doubleheader

Women’s Basketball v. Portland State
Men’s Basketball v. San Jose State

Friday, December 10th @ 7:00 PM
UC Irvine Men’s Basketball v. Wyoming

Wednesday, December 15th @ 7:00 PM
UC Irvine Men’s Basketball v. Vanguard

Bears and toys will be collected through December 16. Donations will be provided to children 14 years old and younger. Last year’s event was a huge success as the UCI community donated hundreds of stuffed animals and toys that were collected and distributed just in time for the holidays.

Local children’s organizations and hospitals are always in need of additional bears and toys. During this time of year, the need is especially critical for children who have to be away from their homes and families during the holidays. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

For more information on the Holiday Teddy Bear and Toy Drive, contact Edie at (949)824-7587 or egobel@uci.edu.