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This holiday season the Museum Store at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will serve as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, a US Marine Corps program providing gifts to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them presents.

Gifts will be accepted through December 13 at the museum, located at 1327 Circle Park Drive, during its normal business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekday parking passes are available from the kiosk near the entrance to Circle Park. Parking passes are not needed on the weekends.

University and local community members are encouraged to help a child in need by donating a new, unwrapped gift for children up to 14 years old, or purchasing a new toy from the Museum Store for donation.

The Museum Store has a range of appropriate gifts for purchase, including games, stuffed animals, stocking stuffers, kids’ books, adult coloring books and pencils, jewelry, and more. Need guidance? See the Toys for Tots FAQ for more information.

Free public transportation to the McClung Museum is available Monday through Saturday on the Knoxville Trolley Orange Line. More information about the museum and its events is available through its website.


Zack Plaster (865-974-2144,

Brian Canever (865-974-0937,