We are excited to announce our state-wide toy drive!
by Cody Alejandro
Along with our intellectual goals here at TMI, we aim to help people within our own community, so that we can become part of the solution. This year we will be organizing a state-wide toy drive! Our leaders across the state will be point-people to collect your donations. We will be hosting costumed tabling events for charity on campus, partnering with local businesses as drop-off locations, bringing the toy drive into our places of work and worship, and more.
All the toys we collect will be donated to Pancho Claus for “Navidad en el Barrio.” Pancho Claus (Richard Reyes) is a legendary Houstonian who has made Christmas happen for kids in Houston’s 2nd and 3rd wards (East End, Northside, and parts of the Heights) for decades. He collects toys throughout the year and on Christmas morning he appears in his red zoot suit with a group of low-riders and parades through the barrios in Houston, giving out toys and spreading holiday cheer to children who likely wouldn’t be able to get gifts otherwise.
Pancho Claus is a regular participant in a holiday parade in Houston, Deck the Halls, that our organization is participating in this year. Richard will be joining us on December 19th at the parade as well as our holiday party afterward, where we will be presenting the collective donation to him and his helpers to sort out for their Christmas ride and festivities. Our entire network is invited to participate with us in the parade, attend our party, and be a part of our toy drive.
We are really proud and excited to be able to give back this holiday season. Please help us in this endeavor by getting in touch with one of the individuals or visiting one of the drop-off locations listed below. We will be accepting all new and unwrapped toys for children of all ages and we ask that you make your donation before December 19th!
Book People– 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Cue’s Burgers– 10423 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77035
Toasties Sub Shop– 424 Northpoint Crossing, College Station, TX 77840
Temple Baptist– 1200 22nd St N, Texas City, TX 77590
*Additional locations to be updated and events to be held on a campus near you! If you would like to be involved in this project beyond a donation (set up a drop-off location, host a collection event, or support us in another way) please let us know!