The all-new holiday convoy runs on donation from Dunkin’ for 10th year in a row to deliver gifts and winter coats to children across New York
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK – The Capital Region Toys for Tots Northern New York Sheriffs Coalition Road Train, powered by Dunkin’ and Upstate Transit of Saratoga, today hit the road to deliver holiday cheer to children across New York. The holiday convoy was made possible by a $30,000 contribution from Dunkin’ to the Toys for Tots Foundation.
The convoy, comprised of six tractor trailers carrying thousands of toys, kicked-off in Saratoga Springs, NY, and included stops in Fort Edward, Ticonderoga, Lewis, Keeseville and Rouses Point.
Dunkin’ franchisees and volunteers joined U.S. Marine Corps Reserve volunteers as they traversed the state to deliver toys and winter coats to children in need, which were purchased with the $30,000 donation from Dunkin’. Thousands of toys were delivered at each stop to local non-profit organizations and children in need.
Since beginning its support of the holiday toy collection drive in 2009, Dunkin’ has donated nearly $300,000 to the Capital Region-based Toys for Tots Foundation.
“We appreciate the continued support and dedication from our community partner Dunkin’ and its franchisees, who have helped to keep our annual holiday delivery running over the last 10 years,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign. “The holiday season is all about giving back to our communities and the generosity from Dunkin’ and numerous other local companies is a true example of what it means to give back.”
Dunkin’ also warmed up the volunteers and families at select stops with complimentary hot chocolate and baked goods.
“Dunkin’ is honored to support the Marines and local law enforcement as they bring joy to children in need through this critical holiday tradition,” said Eric Stensland, integrated marketing manager for Dunkin’. “We are honored to continue our decade of support and happy to be a part of this extraordinary effort that has such a vital impact on families in our community.”
Led by a police escort from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, the Capital Region Toys for Tots Northern New York Sheriffs Coalition Road Train, powered by Dunkin’ and Upstate Transit of Saratoga, also received support from local law enforcement officials in each town along its journey, including the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Numerous local companies and organizations also donated the use of tractor trailers for the Sunday expedition, including Auto Solutions, Borwegen Trucking, Dunkin’, Freihofer’s, R.H. Weisheit Trucking and Roberts Towing and Recovery.
The holiday convoy was the second leg of the annual toy distribution throughout upstate New York. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train, powered by Norfolk Southern Railway, hit the rails on Saturday, December 1 with stops in Bainbridge, Oneonta, Cobleskill and Delanson.
Anchored by Dunkin’ and its Capital Region franchisees, this year’s train was also supported by Norfolk Southern, Emery and Webb, the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, Amtrak and Bennett and Eric Levin.
The Capital Region Toys for Tots Foundation receives additional support from a number of companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region, including Auto Solutions, CDTA, Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS, DeNooyer Chevrolet, Freihofer’s, SEFCU, Seymour’s Motorized Sports, South Colonie School District and Spenergy. Additionally, the Wayne Wagner family is donating warehouse space in Clifton Park to serve as the home of the 2018 Capital Region Toys for Tots program.
The U.S. Marines have worked with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and were equipped to serve 200,000 children.
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