Parking ride in wrong spot at BGSU helps fill Santa’s sleigh

Sandy Carsey, of the Children's Services Unit at Wood County Job and Family Services collects toys from BGSU Parking Services.

Drivers made their parking tickets pay off during Toys for Tickets at Bowling Green State University.

Parking Services gave drivers cited between Oct. 1 and Dec. 10 for most parking violations (not for a forged parking permit or parking in a handicapped spot)  the option of paying the ticket or bringing in a new toy of equal value — receipts required.

This year Parking Services collected about 400 toys worth just under $5,000. Those toys are being distributed the Wood County Children’s Resource Center and the Children’s Services Unit at Wood County Job and Family Services.

The drive, now in its third year, brought in a greater variety of toys, and some bigger items, said Tina Borders of the Parking Office.

The program accepted items as well from those who just wanted to donate.

Parking Service personnel with half the toys collected in this years Tickets for Toys Drive. From left, Ashley Allen, Tom Kelly, Tina Borders, and Bob Mason.