Toys for parking tickets? Learn about Tuscaloosa’s creative gift-giving holiday program

Toys for Tots donations Tuscaloosa residents (City of Tuscaloosa)

Residents of Tuscaloosa will have a special option to pay for their overtime parking tickets this holiday season from now to December 6th. In lieu of cash they can donate a toy to Toys for Tots.

Here is how it works.

Tuscaloosa overtime tickets = toys for tots

According to the city, Tuscaloosa residents can pay off $18 City overtime parking tickets with a toy donation to Toys for Tots.

Toys valued at $10 or more will satisfy a $18 parking ticket. 

Toys valued at $20 or more will be accepted in place of two $18 parking tickets. 

Participants can bring their toys to Tuscaloosa Municipal Court at 2122 6th St. between now and December 6. The City requests a receipt for purchase or a price tag on the toy showing the value at $10 or more.

Last year, the program collected 696 toys.

“Toys for Tots donations in lieu of parking tickets is a great way we can be innovative in our community and make a difference at the same time.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox 

Parking tickets for school supplies

This isn’t the first time the City of Tuscaloosa has accepted special items instead of cash for parking tickets. Before the school year starts in August, the Druid City allows local residents to replace cutting a check to the city with school supplies.

Got questions about the Toys for Tots parking ticket payment project? Tuscaloosa residents can call 311 at 205-248-5311.

Do you think Alabama towns should give local residents the option to pay parking tickets with toys or school supplies? Let us know your opinion by tagging us on social media at @thebamabuzz

Pat Byington
Pat Byington
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