Indiana State University student-run radio station WZIS-FM 90.7 is conducting its first annual toy drive to benefit local underprivileged youths.
WZIS, with the support of area businesses, is collecting donations for Toys for Tots to bring holiday gifts to Vigo County families.
Philanthropy efforts will culminate on Wednesday with a toy collection event titled “Rock the Holidays” at Dede Plaza on ISU campus.
Those who attend can get the chance to win prizes provided from local businesses and to partake of refreshments and music provided by WZIS during a live remote broadcast.
“This event is important because it shows that we care about our community,” said Baley Halberstadt, student station manager. “For many of our students, Terre Haute is a home away from home for nine months out of the year, and it is so important to give back and help make that home a better place for everyone.”
Students representing WZIS are looking to a wide range of local businesses for their support in this community outreach.
“Businesses have been more than generous for our fall philanthropy,” said Jessica Potoski, assistant program director at WZIS. “We are more than grateful for their donations.”
Toys can be dropped off on Wednesday at the WZIS offices on the second floor of Dreiser Hall at ISU or at the “Rock the Holidays” event at Dede Fountain. WZIS requests donations of unwrapped toys appropriate for children ages infant to 12. According to Toys for Tots regulations, no toy weapons will be distributed to children.
“If you were a child who could wake up on Christmas morning without presents, you would not be very happy and joyful,” said Corey Clark, sports director at WZIS. “Christmas is about giving, and the Toys for Tots organization helps families who cannot afford to do that. And, it’s pretty awesome if you ask me.”