December 17, 2020
PLAINFIELD, Ind. – The Marine Toys for Tots Program helps less
fortunate children experience the joy of the holidays each December.
What you may not know is just how much space is needed to store the
thousands upon thousands of toys collected throughout the year, and
that’s where Vincennes University merrily steps in.
VU may not be the North Pole or what you imagine as Santa’s workshop.
It is a proud partner of the Marine Corps Reserve and is happy to keep
these gifts safe and sound all year long at VU’s Logistics Training
and Education Center (LTEC) in Plainfield before the big day arrives.
The facility houses toys, books, and many other gifts that are safely
tucked away until Santa’s big day when more than 40,000 children in 13
counties throughout Central Indiana will receive presents under
“We use our partners to get toys to whoever may need them,” Toys for
Tots of Central Indiana Coordinator and Gunnery Sergeant Alexander
Baye said. “If there are families in need, we are going to be able to
fill those orders. Children deserve a Christmas and we’re helping
those families have a Christmas. That is special and something we can
all get behind.”
VU is committed to community service and bringing joy and light
during a season when many need it most.
Supporting charities is important to VU. In the past, the LTEC
received, stored, and shipped books for a non-profit organization that
donated them to children who otherwise may have had none.
“Vincennes University is dedicated to our communities and making a
difference in the lives of those in need,” VU Vice President of
Workforce Development and Community Services David Tucker said. “The
opportunity for Vincennes University to help support children, Marine
Corps Reserve, and the Toys for Tots Program is very special. We are
so very fortunate to be able to play a part in making sure children
and families in Central Indiana celebrate a happy holiday season. It
is truly an amazing cause to partner with.”
The great fortune of partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve and
Toys for Tots program presented itself earlier this year. The charity
needed new warehouse space in Central Indiana due to an expansion at
its previous location.
“It is an excellent opportunity to marry important charitable support
for the community, strengthen Vincennes University’s military and
education partnership, and continue to have our educational programs
at VU LTEC positively impact the community as they provide workplace
experience,” VU’s Director of Logistics Training and Education Scott
After Toys for Tots agreed to partner with VU, Schneider Trucking
donated trucks and crews and moved the program’s entire inventory from
Gleaners Food Bank warehouse to the LTEC.
“The Logistics Training and Education Center has state-of-the-art
technology and the floor space is up to date,” Baye said. “With it
being a campus like it is, it allows the job to get done a lot better.
There’s a lot of things that help us move items in and out of the
warehouse, which makes it very efficient.”
The LTEC is able to translate the need to move products into use in
many programs hosted at the facility with students gaining real-world
experience in distribution.
Short-term training and credit-bearing programs that provide
one-of-a-kind experiences that combine classroom instruction and
hands-on learning are offered at the 30,000-square-foot warehouse.
“VU LTEC has supported the Central Indiana Campaign of Toys for Tots
in distributing all the toys they are dispersing for Christmas 2020,
and are already at work preparing to store toys to go out for
Christmas in 2021 as the later donations continue to come in through
January,” Bacon said.
VU is proud to support the Marine Corps Reserve and Toys for Tots
program in their mission to help children share in the magic of the holidays.
We’ve heard directly from Santa and he’s very grateful for the help
he is receiving from the Marine Corps Reserve and Vincennes University.