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ISU Operation Gift Wrap, Toys for Tots programs collect gifts for ISU Veterans and their families

Posted December 5, 2011


The Operation Gift Wrap Program, sponsored by the Idaho State University Veterans' Sanctuary and Armed Forces Veterans' Club, collected requests this month at ISU for a Christmas wish-lists, as well as donations, to help provide for the needs of ISU veterans and their spouses during the holiday season.

Shawn Kelsch, ISU  College of Business student, Associated Students ISU Senator and member of the ISU Veteran's Club and ISU First Lady Laura Vailas helped out last week with Operation Gift Wrap and Toys for Tots efforts for ISU's veterans."It has been going great," said Casey Santee, director of the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary. "We've already raised more than $200 and had some toys dropped off. We'll continued to raise more donations through the end of this week, and try to fill all the wish lists we have from ISU veterans, to help them and their families have a nice holiday season."

The Veterans' Sanctuary and Veterans' Club is also partnering with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program this year to collect toys for each of the family's children.

For Operation Gift Wrap, ISU student veterans are encouraged to submit their requests through Dec. 6.  They can submit these requests at the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary office, located on the third floor of the Pond Student Union, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can also submit requests via email to santcase@isu.edu. When submitting requests, people should specify if they would like gifts, or gift cards, for the family’s adults.

To participate in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, those making requests should submit the genders and ages of the children in each family. The Veterans' Sanctuary will provide this information to the Toys for Tots Program. 

Donations for Operation Gift Wrap can be made at the Veterans' Sanctuary or at the ISU Foundation, located in the basement of the ISU Administration Building.

Please limit gift requests to $50 per person; wishes will be fulfilled as funding allows. 

The gifts will be wrapped and ready for pick up/delivery to each of the families on Dec. 9.

For more information about Operation Gift Wrap, please contact Casey Santee or Tomarra Byington at (208) 282-4298. For more information about Toys for Tots, contact Phillip Hartman at (208) 242-8949.

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