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Police department to dismiss parking tickets through Dec. 10 in exchange for toys
By Melissa Vasquez
Posted: 11/30/2009
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Donate a toy to help make a child’s Christmas a little brighter this year and get a parking ticket dismissed at The University of Texas-Pan American now through Dec. 10.


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The UTPA Parking Services is partnering with the Office of Student Life and Transition Services to help collect toys for the 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.

Melissa L. Sandoval, parking services manager, said this is the third year the UTPA Police Department participates in the toy drive, which has become near and dear to the department’s heart.

“It’s a win-win situation and best of all it proves that the UTPA Police Department not only focuses on enforcing parking violations but also works to service the UTPA community through programs like these,” Sandoval said.

Since the holiday program began, the UTPA Police Department has dismissed a total of 328 parking tickets and donated that amount of toys to the Adopt-An-Angel Program. This year, Sandoval said the goal is to collect 150-200 toys.

All individuals in the university community who have received parking tickets for a violation, other than those issued for handicap space; fire lane; expired meter; tampering/altering permit; loaning permit; leaving the scene of an accident; obtaining a permit through fraud/false pretense; unauthorized removal of wheel lock; and displaying unauthorized permit can bring in new and unwrapped toys with a value of at least $15 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.

Board games, dolls, action figures, educational toys for children ages two months to 4 years, sporting goods and gift cards are preferred toy donations for the program.

For more information, contact UTPA Parking Services at 956/381-2738.