November 26, 2012

Owens Community College Veterans Services to Help Less Fortunate Children With Toy Drive, Nov. 27 – Dec. 12

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Office of Veterans Services is looking to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate children by collaborating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and hosting its second annual Toy Drive, Nov. 27 – Dec. 12.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27, Veterans Services, in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources, will accept new and unwrapped toys as part of a collaborative effort with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The donation drive will run through Dec. 12. All collected donations will then be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for distribution to needy children in the surrounding communities.

“All children should experience the joys of the holiday season,” said Vickie Adams, Owens Director of Veterans Services. “Owens Community College is once again looking to spread cheer to less fortunate children throughout Northwest Ohio by hosting its annual toy drive. I encourage local residents to give back and brighten a child’s holiday season with a toy donation.”

Donations can be dropped off on the College’s Toledo-area Campus, which is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, in the College Hall Room 130B.

Owens’ Office of Veterans Services is dedicated to assisting veterans, active service persons, reservists and eligible dependents in their pursuit of a college education. Over 340 individuals representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard are involved in Owens’ veterans services programs. The College recently earned the distinction of being designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a nationally-recognized media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools listing honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools for exemplary efforts in embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students.

For more information about the toy drive, call (567) 661-8387 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 8387.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit