Toys for Tots Auction!
Each year Holy Cross College students play Santa's helpers by raising money to buy toys for the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. The fundraising activities culminate with a toy shopping spree at a local retailer, followed by a "toy parade" from Holy Cross College to the toy collection point across the street from the college at the WNDU TV studios.
To raise money for toys, the Student Government Association of Holy Cross annually hosts a "Toys for Tots Auction". The auction is a fun evening during which the college community, along with guests from the public, fill the auditorium to outbid one another on valuable merchandise. Up for bid are a sundry of items, such as gift baskets and certificates, college spirit-apparel, special-event tickets, athletic gear signed by the Notre Dame team members, and a home-cooked dinner with the college's President. Items are donated by area businesses and individuals, and are sold to the highest bidder.
This year's Toys for Tots Auction will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Driscoll Hall. Holy Cross students, under the direction of event organizer, Joelle Poettgen '16 of Trabuco Canyon, California, hope to raise at least $1,000 for the purchase of toys and Christmas gifts, for donation to Toys for Tots.
"Toys for Tots auction is an event Holy Cross College looks forward in participating every year," states Poettgen. "I am excited to be involved with this event. It's great to see the community come together to help others in our community."
The auction and parade continue to be fun, exciting, annual events planned and carried out by Holy Cross students. Students see the operation as a rewarding way to aid Marines in their endeavor to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children during the Christmas season.
All toys and gifts donated by Holy Cross College will be provided to children in the Michiana community.
Area businesses wishing to donate auction items may contact the Director of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org. New, unopened toys may be dropped off at various Toys for Tots bins located in Driscoll and Vincent Halls at Holy Cross College no later than December 6.