Now through Dec. 10, The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department will be trading parking tickets for new and unwrapped toys.
James Loya, UTPA assistant chief of police, is encouraging all individuals in the University community who have received parking tickets for a violation, other than parking in a handicap space, in a fire lane or an expired meter, to bring in new and unwrapped toys with a value of at least $10 to the Police Department to have their tickets voided. During this time only one ticket will be removed per person upon the donation of a toy.
The toys collected by the UTPA Police Department will be donated to the 13th Annual Adopt-An-Angel Program, which provides gifts for children of UTPA students who are receiving need-based financial aid. The Office of Student Life and Transition Services sponsors the annual event.
"We feel this would be a good opportunity to provide the University community a way to remove an existing parking citation from their record and help a fellow student and their children in the spirit of Christmas. This will benefit everyone involved," Loya said.
For more information on the UTPA Adopt-An-Angel Program or to donate a toy, call the Office of Student Life and Transition Services at 956/381-2659.