GRAMMY U Chapter Hosts Toy Drive

By Laura Howell | November 21, 2013 | Press Release

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toysfortotsGRAMMYU-e1384974845324In conjunction with “A Mississippi Delta Holiday,” the GRAMMY U chapter of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University will be hosting a Toys For Tots Drive through Dec. 8. Toys may be dropped at the following locations on campus: H. L. Nowell Student Union, Zeigel Hall, the Delta Music Institute and in the lobby of the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

GRAMMY U members will be located in the BPAC lobby to receive new toys for children before the 3:00 p.m. performance of the “Mississippi Delta Holiday” show on Dec. 8. All toys received will be donated to children in the local area by the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. GRAMMY U members are sponsoring this event as a service opportunity.

GRAMMY U President Amber Foster, a native of Belzoni, said, “The Toys For Tots drive hosted by GRAMMY U is important to me because when I was growing up, I always tried to give to kids I knew didn’t have much. This is a way for the students in GRAMMY U to give back to the community.”

The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation was founded in 1947 when Marine Major Bill Hendrick, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.

Please keep in mind that Toys for Tots only takes new, unwrapped toys. For safety reasons, video, DVDs, CDs and video games must be sealed and shrink-wrapped. Toy weapons of any kind (squirt guns, cap guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, food or candy cannot be accepted for Toys For Tots.

The GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U) is a unique and fast-growing community of college students who are pursuing a career in the music industry. The Recording Academy® created GRAMMY U to help prepare students for careers in the recording industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities.

The members of GRAMMY U look forward to working with the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation to help Delta area children have a Merry Christmas.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. in Music Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact (662) 846-4579 or visit