HOLIDAY HELPING: Stuff the Bus, Fill the Barrels

Red, vintage double-decker bus enters Memorial Union depot.
London double-decker will forego passengers on Saturday (Dec. 7), when Unitrans and the Davis Food Co-op are asking the public to fill the bus with food instead. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Food goes in the bus, for delivery to the ASUCD Pantry; and toys go in the blue barrels, for delivery to Yolo County children.


Stuff the Bus, sponsored by Unitrans and the Davis Food Co-op, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 7). Look for one of Unitrans’ vintage double-deckers in the co-op parking lot, 620 G St. Children and adults alike are welcome to enjoy the view from the top deck of the bus as they drop off their donations.

Donors will also be invited to spin a prize wheel for gifts from Unitrans and the co-op. Plus, 10-ride Unitrans passes will given to the first 50 donors.

The Pantry is a student-led organization that provides nonperishable, high-protein food for UC Davis students struggling to pay for meals. Needed foods include canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, whole grain pasta, rice, canned or dry beans, 100 percent fruit juice and shelf-stable milk.

Toys for Tots

Mail Services has partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve on its annual collection of new and unwrapped gifts for children up to age 16. You can drop your donations in any of the blue bins around campus, or use campus mail — simply leave your donations with your unit’s outgoing mail. The collection started Dec. 2 and runs for almost two weeks, ending Thursday (Dec. 12).

On-campus barrels:

Off-campus barrels:

Virtual toy drive

In previous years, UC Davis Children’s Hospital organized a drive-up donation point for toys. This year is easy, too: You can donate online, from the comfort of your home.

Under the new format, hospital staff have assembled sample wish lists (items that would do well as gifts for the youngest patients, and other items that patients have asked for), and are asking for funds to make those purchases. The site presents suggested donation amounts and notes what each amount could buy — $15, for example, could cover the cost of five infant rattles, six boxes of crayons, six jigsaw puzzles, 12 decks of playing cards, 15 toy cars or 15 cans of modeling compound.

Funds will be used to purchase toys, games, crafts, electronics and more so every child spending the holiday season in the hospital will receive a gift, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. Remaining funds will be used to purchase gifts for hospitalized children throughout the year. The gifts might help kids mark the end of treatment or the completion of tests and other procedures, and stock the hospital’s play spaces with toys, games and other activities year-round.

“It is our hope that the community will consider joining us again this year in our efforts to improve the hospital experience for children during the holiday season,” said Diana Sundberg, manager of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. “We are hopeful that this new online format will help us make the holidays brighter for our patients and families.”

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