Pay Off Campus Parking Fines with Toy Donations

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 2:00 PM
Category: Pressroom

Macon, GA

Toys for Tickets
Got a campus parking ticket? Pay it off with a toy for a needy child.

The Middle Georgia State University Police Department is launching the first "Toys for Tickets," an initiative allowing students, employees and visitors who owe campus parking fines to settle their accounts with the donation of a new, unopened toy worth at least $10. The Police Department will also waive late fees with the donation of an additional toy or game at the same value.

"We don't like issuing parking tickets any more than students and others like receiving them," said Middle Georgia State Police Chief Shawn Douglas. "This is a way to turn that aggravation into something special for the holidays."

The Police Department is the second University unit to turn fines into charity. The Middle Georgia State Library is collecting non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue fines. The food will be donated to community food banks or to Middle Georgia State's SHARE pantries, which provide food for students and employees in need.

All toys collected through "Toys for Tickets" will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program. The mission of "Toys for Tots" is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The Police Department will accept toys through Friday, Dec. 18. Students and others can bring their tickets and toys (along with the purchase receipts) to the police precincts located on Middle Georgia State's five campuses - Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.

For more information, contact Patricia Russo at or (478) 471-2414.