Instead of Paying Parking Tickets, MIT Students Can Give to Those in Need!
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It’s never a fun experience to walk out to your car and see a parking ticket on your windshield. Whether you knew you were risking it or it took you completely by surprise, a parking ticket is an unforeseen cost that no one likes to pay. For students at MIT, the Parking and Transportation Office have an annual “Toys for Tickets” program that provides a unique way to pay these parking tickets, while giving back to the community. How does a “Toys for Tickets” program work? MIT makes the process fairly simple. For a limited time at the beginning of December, any student who receives an MIT parking ticket can opt to bring in a toy to donate, instead of paying the fine.
There are a few guidelines regarding the toys that can be donated. Toys must be non-violent, new in an unopened box and unwrapped. The toy has to be of equal or greater value than the parking ticket, and the student needs to provide a receipt for the toy to prove its value. Toys aren’t all that students can donate, as warm clothing is also an option. Multiple locations are available across campus to drop off toys, and students who drop off toys at the marketplace or Koch Cafe can also get a free cup of coffee or tea.
“Toys for Tickets” is an annual program that occurs every holiday season. The school gives the donations to needy families in the area and the homeless children day care center.
During the program period, those who need to get fingerprints taken for a security clearance can also bring in toys or clothing instead of paying the standard fee. MIT isn’t the only school to offer such as program, as Texas Tech University has a similar program that benefits Toys for Tots. MIT found a great way to turn student parking tickets into an opportunity to give back. Read more about giving back here.