Illuminate the Holidays

Dec. 17, 2014

Illuminate the Holidays

ST. LOUIS (DEC. 17, 2014) - Webster University collected more than 1,200 toys during the 2015 Toys for Tots drive from November 15-December 15. The University partnered with local Marine Corps Reserve units who coordinate the donation of gifts to less fortunate children throughout the community.

Toys for Tots collection areas were established in Webster University’s locations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. More than 75 participated.

“I am impressed with how Webster’s global community came together to support such a worthwhile cause,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret), Webster University’s associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs who oversees the Office of Military Affairs. “Webster has a history of serving the community in a variety of ways and as we prepare to begin our Centennial year, it is good to see faculty, staff and students come together to help those who are less fortunate.”

Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including military, metropolitan, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Webster University operates at military bases in 20 states.

Beginning in 1974 when Webster University opened up its first military campus, this is the 40th year of providing unmatched educational programs to military service members where they work and live, at their installations.  Webster University has quickly and consistently established itself as a leader in military education - recognized as being "Military-friendly", "Vet-friendly" and a VA Yellow Ribbon participant, assisting our military students in making their educational dreams come true.  

The University has a record of top tier rankings in U.S. News and World Report, GI Jobs, Advanced Military Education, and charter member status in the Service Opportunity College (SOC) and the DoD MOU.  It is recognized as a worldwide institution that ensures a high quality learning experience that transforms students for global citizenship and individual excellence. 

Toys for Tots was established in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks and adopted as by the United States Marine Corps in 1948 as an official program. Over its life span, the program has distributed over 469 million toys to more than 216 million less fortunate children.