Illuminate the Holidays: Webster Toys for Tots drive collects 1,200 items for children

| December 17, 2014
Toys for Tots

Assistant Provost Beth Russel and Associate Vice President Mike Callan, Office of Military Affairs, at a collection point on the home campus, where toys were collected at the President and Provost’s Holiday Party for Faculty and Staff.

Webster University collected more than 1,200 toys during the 2015 Toys for Tots drive from Nov. 15-Dec. 15. The University partnered with local Marine Corps Reserve units who coordinate the donation of gifts to less fortunate children throughout the community.

Toys for Tots at Webster Little Rock AFB

Students, faculty and staff at Webster Little Rock AFB collected more than 160 toys, with students in the Strategy and Competition and Corporate Responsibility classes leading the charge. Pictured is the Webster Gorlok with some of the biggest givers.

Toys for Tots collection areas were established in Webster University’s campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. More than 75 campus locations participated.

“I am impressed with how Webster’s global community came together to support such a worthwhile cause,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret), Webster University’s associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs.

“Webster has a history of serving the community in a variety of ways and as we begin our Centennial year, it is good to see faculty, staff and students come together to help those who are less fortunate.”

Students led the campaign at several Webster campus locations, such as at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and at the Little Rock Air Force Base location (pictured at right), where students in the Strategy and Competition and Corporate Responsibility classes were big donors.

Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including military, metropolitan, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Webster University operates at military bases in 20 states.

Toys for Tots Marine delivery

Marines reps accepted donated toys from each location. Here donations from the Webster Little Rock AFB community are turned over to Staff Sergeant De Costa, Toys for Tots coordinator for Arkansas.

A History of Education for Service Members

Beginning in 1974 when Webster University opened up its first military campus, this is the 40th year of providing unmatched educational programs to our military where they work and live, at their installations. Webster University has established itself as a leader in military education — recognized as being “Military-friendly,” “Vet-friendly” and a VA Yellow Ribbon participant, assisting our military students in making their educational dreams come true.

With a distinguished record of top tier rankings in U.S. News and World Report, GI Jobs, Advanced Military Education, and charter member status in the Service Opportunity College (SOC) and the Department of Defense MOU, Webster University delivers high quality and fully accredited educational programs.

As part of a worldwide institution ensuring a high quality learning experience that transforms students for global citizenship and individual excellence, the Office of Military Affairs takes great pride upholding the standards the University demands and military students deserve.

Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children.

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