Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the COAR Gift Box Drive?
A: Each year, COAR conducts a gift box drive for children enrolled in the local Virginia Preschool Initiative and Head Start programs. This is a campus and community-wide effort to provide preschoolers in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania with toys, winter clothes, and school supplies before the holiday season. Students wrap gift boxes at the annual wrapping party to prepare for the campus-wide gift drive. Then faculty, staff, and students check out the boxes to fill up with items such as storybooks, coloring books, crayons, hats, gloves, and small toys. COAR students then deliver the gift boxes to local schools during finals week.
Q: How do I check out a gift box?
A: Students will be tabling in the CRUC lobby from 11am-2pm on November 6th, 8-10th, and 13-17th. COAR members will be happy to help get you checked out with as many boxes as you would like. COAR students will also be stopping by academic buildings and offices with gift boxes to check out!
Q: What goes in the gift box?
A: Required items that must be in the box are a small toy, hat, gloves, coloring book & crayons, kids’ toothbrush & toothpaste. You are allowed to add multiple items in addition, such as Play-Doh, small books, stuffed animals, superhero/action figures, and small dolls. Please do not include used items, food items, religious/political/war related items, or any items that are not safe for a 3-5 year old.
Q: What is the friendly competition that is happening this year?
A: This year, there will be a friendly competition between UMW’s buildings to see who can fill the most boxes during the drive. The building that wins will receive a prize and bragging rights for the year! Every Friday, we will post updates on our Instagram (@coarumw), so you know who is in the lead. Additionally, in our office window there will be a visual representation of the status that can be viewed from the CRUC lobby. The competition will end on Monday, November 20th (when all boxes are due back). Boxes should either be dropped off at the COAR office (CRUC suite 320) or an email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org asking us to pick them up from your building. Here are the colors for each building (that can be seen in the COAR window):
Seacobeck: Light Blue/Red
Woodard & Mercer: Orange/Yellow
CRUC & HCC: Light Pink & Green
Simpson/Combs: Yellow/Dark Blue
Dupont/Pollard/Melchers: Purple/Light Pink
George Washington/ Dodd: Dark Blue/Hot Pink
Lee/Eagle Village: Red/Light Blue
James Farmer/Monroe: Hot Pink/Purple
Q: What happens to the gift boxes?
A: Once COAR receives your box, we will check it through to make sure all items are correct and accounted for. In early December, we will deliver the boxes to the Head Start building (in Fredericksburg) and hand them out to students participating in Head Start classes. We will also schedule a box pick up for the administrators of the Head Start program in Spotsylvania.
Q: When and where do I turn in the gift box?
A: You can turn in the gift box to the Center for Community Engagement, located in CRUC suite 320. Boxes must be returned by 5pm on Monday, November 20th.