NEWARK, Del. (Dec. 6, 2010) - The University of Delaware men's basketball team will hold a holiday toy drive prior to the Blue Hens¹ home game against Delaware State on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Fans are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy for boys and girls ages 4-12 in the Bob Carpenter Center lobby from 1 p.m. through halftime of the game, which begins at 2 p.m. Every person that donates will receive a complimentary ticket to a future Delaware men¹s basketball game.

All toys that are received will be given to children at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington during the holiday season.

Founded in 1940, the hospital is an 180-bed facility that offers all specialties of pediatric medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Children from birth through age 17 with acute, chronic, and complex health problems benefit from the threefold mission established by the hospital¹s founders: Excellence in patient care, education, and research.

Suggested donations include books, crayons, toy trucks, activity blankets, puzzles, plush animals, dolls, play make-up, drawing sets, CDs and DVDs, building blocks, musical toys, board games, push/pull toys, Legos, costume jewelry, model sets, and sports team clothing/memorabilia.

Popular theme ideas include Disney, Sesame Street, Leap Frog, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Tonka, Spiderman, Superman, Hannah Montana, Star Wars, Dora the Explorer, Winnie-the-Pooh, Lego, Raggedy Ann, Crayola, and Transformers.