New student veterans group sponsors Toy for Tots collection at Penn State York

Penn State York’s new student veterans organization, Student Veterans of America (SVA), York Chapter, is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive on campus.  New or gently used, unwrapped toys will be collected through Dec. 17.  The toys will be distributed to less fortunate children in the community.

“Toys for Tots is a great program that helps less fortunate families with children in the local community,” said Rick Gross, treasurer of the SVA, York chapter and a coordinator of the toy drive. “It has been a few years since it has had a presence on this campus and we thought it was time that it returned.  Bringing Toys for Tots back to campus with the start of the SVA, York Chapter, is a great way to introduce our new organization to the campus.”

Collection boxes are located by the box office in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center), The Bistro in The Pullo Center, the lobby of the Main Classroom Building, the lobby of the John J. Romano Administration Building, near the gym in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, and in the lobby of the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center.

Since SVA’s founding in 2008, more than 1 million veterans have returned home to pursue a postsecondary degree. Penn State York is proud to host a chapter of this national organization, sharing best practices, success stories, and supporting one another to further strengthen the student veteran community. SVA focuses on veteran’s welfare to ensure student veterans are supported in their transition to education and employment. Through advocacy, partnerships and alumni support, SVA strives to help all student veterans succeed and contribute to civilian society.

For more information on the toy drive or SVA, please contact Norbert Rodriguez, president of SVA, York Chapter, at or 717-771-4006, or Rick Gross at

Last Updated November 20, 2013