“We appreciate what you've done,” Winters told the UCO group.
Judy Reyes-Henderson, development manager for UCO's College of Education and Professional Studies, said the college collected toys for about a month before the donation. Notices were posted on the college's Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as UCO's social media pages. By Thursday morning, her sport utility vehicle was loaded with donations.
The college has a long-standing relationship with the child care center, Reyes-Henderson said, with UCO students going to work at the center. After the storm left the center in ruins, students, faculty and staff wanted to help in any way they could, she said.
“The community has been great,” she said. “My truck's been loaded down for probably about a week.”