U.S. Marines and Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees storm Wal-Mart for major shopping spree
GLENVILLE, New York (November 15, 2013) – U.S. Marines and Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees celebrated the holiday spirit during a huge shopping spree today at Wal-Mart in Glenville, NY, to prepare the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train for its annual trip throughout New York State.
Made possible by a recent contribution of $30,000 from Dunkin’ Donuts to the Toys for Tots Foundation, the gifts will be loaded onto the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train and distributed to thousands of children during the train’s annual run on December 7 and 8.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ contribution brings its grand total to $140,000 in support of the Toys for Tots Train, marking the fifth-consecutive year Dunkin’ Donuts has provided support for the U.S. Marine Corps’ signature holiday campaign.
“We’re fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed community partner in Dunkin’ Donuts and are grateful for the support its franchisees have provided to keep our holiday train on track for the fifth consecutive year,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Toys for Tots campaign. “Their generosity will bring new toys to thousands of children throughout New York. Dunkin’ Donuts’ support exemplifies the true spirit of the season.”
The Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, presented by Canadian Pacific and Amtrak, will deliver toys to thousands of children in 12 communities from Binghamton to Delanson and from Albany to Rouses Point on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. 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 – a 25 percent increase over its previous record.
The Toys for Tots collection drive is currently underway at more than 400 locations throughout the Capital Region, as well as at more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, which will serve as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys.
“Dunkin’ Donuts is honored to help keep this outstanding initiative on track. Our Capital Region franchisees are grateful for the work of the dedicated Marines who bring so much joy to so many children,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “We are truly privileged to be part of this extraordinary effort and commend the other companies who have joined us in support of such an important program to our community.”
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will join the Marines on board the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train to deliver toys directly to children and families. Thousands of toys are also delivered at each stop to local non-profit organizations, which, in turn, distribute the toys to those in need in their communities. Dunkin’ Donuts will also warm up volunteers and families at each station with complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts.
About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.