LAWRENCE — Master of Accounting students set up collection boxes throughout Summerfield Hall after Thanksgiving break for Toys for Tots. Students, faculty and staff donated toys and helped the school give approximately 800 toys to the program. Working with Lisa Ottinger, director of the MAcc program, MAcc students Liz Peterson and Emily Dix organized the drive.
"The most important part was communicating with business school teachers to spread the word and encourage participation," Dix said.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when United States Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. With the absence of a Marine Corps Reserve Unit in Lawrence, Douglas County Toys for Tots relies on volunteers to keep it up and running.
"The accounting profession as a whole is very committed to community service," Ottinger said, "In keeping with this spirit, we started the MAcc Service Projects like the Toys for Tots campaign as a way for our students to give back while they are still on campus. We also include a service project as a team builder in our MAcc Orientation for incoming students. With more than 90 students spread out on various projects in Lawrence our group really makes an impact."
The toys were dropped off last semester during finals week and Dix hopes the MAcc program will continue supporting Toys for Tots for years to come.
"This was a very fun and fulfilling project to be a part of," Dix said. "It was heart-warming to know that every toy donated to the cause went to a child in the surrounding community who may otherwise not have been able to open a present on Christmas morning."