Toys for Tickets

Students pay off parking tickets through gifts

By Travis Hunter
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Goodies overflow from boxes as the Toys for Tickets campaign runs strong.

Parking Services at ASU collected donations of toys for charity through a citation-forgiveness program throughout the month of November.

As of Nov. 28, participation in the Toys for Tickets program in association with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program resulted in over $550 worth of citations waived and based on receipts, nearly $650 in toys donated by almost 20 people, said Director of OneCard and Parking Services Sandra Rosser.

"That’s a wonderful amount of toys for our area," Rosser said. "It goes strictly to the Tom Green County area, so it’s good that we can do that sort of thing."

Staff, faculty and students with parking citations issued during the month of November less than or equal to $35 were encouraged to participate in the program by purchasing toys equivalent to or greater than their citation and donating them to Parking Services no later than 3 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Although the program was intended as a charitable way for individuals pay for their parking tickets, Rosser said people without citations were welcome to take part in it as well.

"One person didn’t meet the parameters, but she still made the toy donation," she said. "Even if you don’t have a citation that you want waived, and you just wanted to donate a toy, you could drop it off here."

Freshman Liliana Perez praised the program as a great way to give back to the community.

"I think it’s pretty cool," Perez said. "It’s a great opportunity for people on campus to do something nice for the kids."

This is the first year since 2014 that Parking Services has been able to run the Toys for Tickets program, but Rosser is hopeful the program will become recurrent every year on campus.

"We were moving last year at this time, so we didn’t do it," Rosser said. "The year before, it just didn’t get started in time, but I’m really hoping this is something that we do annually because I think it’s for a really good cause. I like the idea of being able to donate to Toys for Tots, and Christmas is all about the kids, so I think this is a wonderful way of tying it all together."

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