The UNC Employee Forum’s Community Service Committee is spearheading a month-long toy drive to benefit the patients and families of the UNC Children’s Hospital this holiday season.
The Community Service Committee was founded by chairperson Katie Musgrove in 2016. The group has organized several philanthropic events since its inception.
The committee is part of UNC's Employee Forum, an advisory body that responds to Chancellor Carol Folt in the hopes of conveying staff concerns. The Forum also works towards bridging the gap between staff and students, Musgroves said.
This is the second annual toy drive that the Community Service Committee has organized for the Children’s Hospital.
“We have received a personal handwritten note from the hospital after last year’s donations, and that says to us that it was really appreciated by not only them, but the people who received the toys, as well,” Jim Potts, member of the Community Service Committee, said.
Potts said he was involved in the delivery of the collected toys at last year’s collection and that he, along with other volunteers, was able to fill in the back of a pick-up truck and entire interior of a mini-van with donated toys.
“Last year’s drive we collected a full van and full truck of toys for UNC children," Musgroves said. "We want to give even more this year."
In the hopes of collecting more toys than last year’s collection, the committee decided to make the drive a month-long collection from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14. It also increased the number of collection bins from the previous year.
Donated toys should be dropped off at one of the 33 total bins. These bins are located around campus and at a few off-campus locations.