Albany, NY – Dunkin’ and Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced the collection of nearly 10,000 toys during a two-part drive-thru collection event to benefit Capital Region Toys for Tots.
Hundreds of Capital Region residents dropped off new, unwrapped toys over the course of the two-day event, which was hosted by Dunkin’ and Albany County on November 7 and 14 at the Albany County Hockey Facility.
The Dunkin’ drive-thru collections, in partnership with Albany County, were incorporated into this year’s campaign to provide donors with the opportunity to support Capital Region Toys for Tots from the safety of their vehicles.
As a special thank you, Dunkin’ provided a gift card and pack of munchkins to each car which donated a new, unwrapped toy during the events.
“We are overwhelmed by the level of generosity displayed by the Capital Region community,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign. “A big thank you goes out to all who came out to support these children in need. We’d also like to thank Dunkin’ and Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy for making these toy collection events possible.”
“The generosity of those who live in the Capital Region is incredible as witnessed by the collection of nearly 10,000 toys in our two drive-thru collections at the Albany County Hockey Facility for Toys for Tots,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “The tremendous efforts by the U.S. Marines each year to help families in our area have a happy holiday need to be commended, along with our partner Dunkin’ for its generous contribution and continued commitment. Thank you to everyone who has donated during this difficult time.”
“Dunkin’ would like to thank everyone who made these drive-thru toy collections such a success,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’. “We are absolutely thrilled with the results and are happy that we could reward those who gave back with a nice treat. We are proud to support Capital Region Toys for Tots and hope these collections will help deliver joy to children in need this holiday season.”
Dunkin’ has been the lead supporter of Capital Region Toys for Tots for more than a decade. In addition to spearheading this year’s drive-thru collections, local Dunkin’ franchisees donated $30,000 to the Toys for Tots program to help purchase new toys for children in need. The donation brings Dunkin’s total support of the Toys for Tots campaign to $350,000 over the past 12 years.
Capital Region Toys for Tots serves 14 counties across upstate New York, including: Albany, Broome, Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington and Warren. The holiday campaign operates annually from October 1 through December 23.
Capital Region Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps Reserve will work with 200 community agencies across the state to serve more than 200,000 children this holiday season.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running. The company has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About Capital Region Toys for Tots
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Capital Region Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to needy children in its 14-county operating area. The Capital Region Toys for Tots Campaign was previously selected as the 2018 US Marine Corps Toys for Tots National Campaign of the Year. Capital Region Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps Reserve annually works with 200 community agencies across the state to serve more than 200,000 children. For more information, visit www.capitalregiontoysfortots.org.