More than 25 regional Dunkin’ restaurant locations currently serving as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys
Binghamton, NY; – Dunkin’ franchisees and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve volunteers today celebrated the season of giving during a $10,000 shopping spree at Walmart in Vestal to prepare for the annual Toys for Tots holiday distribution in the greater Binghamton area.
The Dunkin’ shopping spree is one component of a new partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to widely expand the reach of the Toys for Tots holiday collection campaign in the Binghamton area. The gifts from the shopping spree will be distributed to thousands of children and families in the local community ahead of the 2019 holiday season.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the first time this holiday season has a full-time presence in Binghamton to administer the iconic Toys for Tots campaign in partnership with Dunkin’ franchisees throughout the region. More than 25 local Dunkin’ restaurants are currently serving as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys this holiday season.
“We’re fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed community partner in Dunkin’ and are grateful for the support its franchisees have provided to help launch the very first Toys for Tots holiday collection program in the Binghamton community,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Darcel Carver, local coordinator of the Binghamton Toys for Tots campaign. “Their generosity will bring new toys to thousands of children throughout this region and Dunkin’s support exemplifies the true spirit of the holiday season.”
“Dunkin’ is thrilled to bring the spirit of the holidays to children in need by supporting the efforts of the Marines who are spearheading this brand-new Toys for Tots collection campaign in Binghamton,” said Eric Stensland, integrated marketing manager for Dunkin’. “We are honored to provide our support and to be a part of this extraordinary effort that has such a vital impact on families in our community.”
The Toys for Tots campaign has previously served children in the Binghamton community as the initial stop aboard the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train, which Dunkin’ has annually supported with a $30,000 donation for more than a decade.
Dunkin’ franchisees and associates will join the Marines and other volunteers when the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train is expected to depart Binghamton on Saturday, December 7.
The Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train will travel from Binghamton to Delanson to distribute thousands of toys and winter coats to local non-profit organizations and children in need. Dunkin’ will also help warm-up the volunteers and families at select stops with complimentary hot chocolate and baked goods during the annual holiday train delivery.
The Marines will work with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and will be equipped to serve 200,000 children.
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 13 years running. The company has more than 12,900 restaurants in 42 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.