Williamsport, Lycoming County - Greatly surpassing 2011's record 730 donations, Lycoming College's annual Toys for Tots drive brought in more than 1,200 items for the Lycoming County Toys for Tots campaign. For the 13th consecutive year, the College's Office of Admissions and Financial Aidcoordinated the event with the support of faculty, staff and students.
When the office began collecting donations in 1999, it received a total of 33 toys. This year's donations increased by more than 500 toys over any previous year.
All of the toys from the College have been sent to local charities, which will distribute them to less fortunate children in the Williamsport area.
Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and collects new, unwrapped toys in October, November and December each year, according to the Toys for Tots website. The gifts are then distributed as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.