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Holiday of Hope Toy Donations Extended to Dec. 8th.

Toys for Tickets

Extended through December 7, 2017!

The Staff Association is proud to announce the 2017 Holiday Toy Drive in partnership with SMU Parking and ID Card Services. The toys collected during the drive will be donated to children at Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, a United Way service provider.

The Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in Dallas County, serving more than 4,100 children and their non-offending family members last year. DCAC houses the Child Abuse Unit of the Dallas Police Department, five units of CPS, and a Dallas County District Attorney. Having these professionals under one roof drives collaboration and communication in the very sensitive cases that DCAC coordinates. For more information about DCAC, please visit

About DCAC's Holiday of Hope

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Holiday of HopeDCAC's 2017 Holiday of Hope goal is to provide gifts for 1,200 children this season. Toy drives, such as ours at SMU, are instrumental in providing a Holiday of Hope to the families that DCAC serves and often contribute to DCAC's life-changing work beyond the holidays.

Toys for Tickets

SMU Parking and ID Card Services graciously offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to pay off parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value to their parking tickets. Ticket dismissal applies only to unpaid SMU parking tickets issued for unauthorized parking, parking without a permit, over time parking, or improper display of a permit. To take advantage of the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring the parking ticket, toy, and receipt to Parking and ID Card Services in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center by November 30th December 8, 2017.

Collection Locations

The following departments/buildings on campus are hosting a collection box:

  • Blanton  (1st floor by elevators)
  • Cox  (Maguire - across from Einstein Bagels) 
  • Dallas Hall  (1st floor stairwell landing) 
  • Expressway Tower  (HR office) 
  • Fondren Library Center  (1st floor near the circulation desk)
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center  (SMU Parking & ID Card Services)
  • Law School  (Carr Collins 1st floor)
  • Meadows  (Taubman Atrium)
  • Perkins  (Prothro)
  • Umphrey Lee  (3rd floor)

Types of Toys Requested

New, non-violent, unwrapped toys. For a list of specific toys requested, please see the Holiday Gift Drive 2017 list.

United Way Day of Impact
with Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Faculty and staff who are interested in volunteering with Dallas Children's Advocacy Center on Monday, December 11th, please visit and click on "Faculty-Staff Day of Impact" for more information.