toy collection

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) hosted its first-ever Toys for Tots collection site throughout November and early December to a massive show of aloha.

The response was overwhelming, and DPS announced that several hundred toys were donated by faculty, staff and students. The collection far surpassed expectations, as DPS leaders had been concerned that donations might be limited due to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

DPS toy helpers
DPS members helped collect toys around campus.

During this year’s collection, DPS offered a contactless pickup option, in which donors could schedule a time for DPS to pick up toy donations from the person’s on-campus office or building. This proved to be a popular option for those who weren’t able to drop off items in person. Some donors opted to order toys online and have them mailed directly to DPS. The university was able to fill more than seven large boxes with a variety of toys for children of all ages.

“The giving spirit is truly alive at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and DPS and Toys for Tots would like to extend a huge mahalo to all who contributed this year in making this holiday season brighter for children in need,” said DPS Chief Andy Black.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps, who coordinated all collection sites on Oʻahu.