Brats for Tots returns for 2022

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Updated on 9/27/22

Join us on Oct. 20!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have expressed their interest in supporting this event! The Brats for Tots event, in support of Toys for Tots, will be held on October 20, 2022 from 11:30 am until 1 pm at the Fleet & Service Garage.

Now accepting: donated items for silent auction

Do you have items to donate for the online auction? Please contact Carrie Ensrud (carrie.ensrud@wisc.edu) or Melissa McGaw (melissa.mcgaw@wisc.edu).


We are excited to announce the return of the Brats for Tots event in 2022! To continue the success of this tradition, volunteers are needed to assist with cooking, serving, cashiering, etc. at the event as well as planning and coordination ahead of the event.

If you are interested, first confirm with your supervisor that you are able to volunteer and then please contact Carrie Ensrud (carrie.ensrud@wisc.edu) or Melissa McGaw (melissa.mcgaw@wisc.edu) by Friday, September 9, 2022.

cooking bratwurst on grill with person turning them with a spatula and steam rising

Thank you for your support and interest in the continued success of this fun event for a good cause! Stay tuned for more information regarding the Brats for Tots event as well as the Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which will be announced in the FP&M Employee Newsletter.

What is Brats for Tots?

How does donating toys at the holidays turn into a bratwurst-related event? It’s all part of a cool tradition led by Bruce Skaggs along with the Toys for Tots Toy Drives which he organized for the Physical Plant and later, all of FP&M participated. Learn about how this charitable event got started.

See how it all started!

person in military uniform stands with hands clasped in white gloves and wearing a hat in front of a tall plant and a very large table of toys and wrapped gifts that spill out onto the floor, all in front of a large illuminated window

After a legacy of toys and cheer, the torch has been passed to volunteer coordinators Carrie Ensrud and Melissa McGaw who have graciously stepped up to spearhead the Toy Drives and Brats for Tots last year and going forward.

Now they need your help to make sure Brats for Tots can return in 2022!

Better together

Please contact Carrie (carrie.ensrud@wisc.edu) or Melissa (melissa.mcgaw@wisc.edu) to see how you can help by serving as a volunteer at the event.