hand for the launch of Operation Toys for Kids were
(L-R) George Tilley, CEO of St. John’s Health
Care Corporation, Tom Hennifent, CEP, Danielle Butt
of NTV News, and Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen.
Memorial University’s Campus Enforcement
and Patrol (CEP) unit is helping to spread holiday joy across
campus and around the province with Operation Toys for Kids,
its annual Christmas toy drive for children. This year’s
toy drive is being organized by CEP and other Memorial organizations
including MUN Students’ Union, the Graduate Students’
Union, and the Health Sciences Centre.
“Last year we collected approximately $5,000 worth
of children’s toys,” said Tom Hennifent, CEP.
“This year we’re hoping to surpass last year’s
toy drive and make this Christmas morning memorable for
an even greater number of deserving children.”
Operation Toys for Kids kicked off at R. Gushue Hall, Paton
College, on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Dr. Axel Meisen, president
and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, and George Tilley,
CEO of St. John’s Health Care Corporation, joined
toy drive organizers for the launch of this year’s
CEP is asking students and staff from across campus to help
them collect toys for deserving children across Newfoundland
and Labrador and is making it easy to donate. The toys do
not need to be wrapped and can be dropped off at the Campus
Enforcement office on Phelan Road at any time during the
day or night. Alternatively, members of CEP are available
to drop by your office and pick up the toys. For pick-up,
call CEP at 737-8561.
Operation Toys for Kids began in 2001. That year CEP teamed
up with students of Paton College and collected approximately
$1,500 worth of toys. Last year, they joined forces with
CHMR and The Muse and expanded the drive across
campus, including the Health Sciences Centre and collected
approximately $5,000 worth of toys.
Toys for Kids runs until Dec. 14.