The 2013 Toys for Tots campaign resulted in the largest collection that the United States Sports Academy has had in its 18 years of involvement with the program.

The collection of more than 2,000 toys was made possible by the coordinated efforts of Academy staff and the Jesse Andrews Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment in Daphne, Ala.

Toys for Tots Pick-Up Photograph

“Toys for Tots is one of our greatest services to the community that we do among many other things,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President and CEO. “I am very grateful for all the gifts donated by the community to the children who need them during these difficult times.”

The Jesse Andrews Jr. detachment donated $1,000 to kick off the Academy’s 2013 Toys for Tots drive. The Academy used the money to purchase more than 200 toys and bicycles for underprivileged children.

The Academy and the detachment collected donations from more than 50 locations spread throughout the Daphne, Ala., area from Nov. 1 through Friday, Dec. 13.

Long considered one of South Alabama’s largest collection centers for the Toys for Tots program, many local residents, organizations, companies and schools dropped off their new, unwrapped toys at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus, as well.