Colonie, NY; –Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and U.S. Marines today celebrated the season of giving during a $25,000 shopping spree at Toys “R” Us in Colonie to prepare the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train for its annual trip through New York State.
Made possible by a recent contribution of $25,000 from local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees to the Toys for Tots Foundation, the gifts will be loaded onto the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, powered by Amtrak, and distributed to thousands of children during the train’s annual run on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees also donated an additional $5,000 to purchase coats for children this holiday season.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ most recent contribution marks the ninth consecutive year that Capital Region franchisees have provided support for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s signature holiday campaign, bringing the grand total over that span to $260,000 in support of the Toys for Tots Train.
“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 ninth year in a row,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Capital Region 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 Marines will work with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and will be equipped to serve 200,000 children.
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 serve as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys.
“Dunkin’ Donuts is thrilled to bring the spirit of the holidays to children in need by supporting the efforts of the Marines who spearhead the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “We are honored to continue being a part of this extraordinary effort that has such a vital impact on our community.”
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and associates 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 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 donuts.
The Toys for Tots Foundation receives additional support from a number of companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region, including a $25,000 donation from Wal-Mart and a raffle sponsored by Seymours Motorized Sports for a 2017 Can Am Outlander 850xt and Triton aluminum trailer ATV.
SEFCU, Clifton Park and Halfmoon EMS, and members of the Saratoga, Schoharie, and Fulton County Sheriff’s Departments also provide support to the Toys for Tots campaign. Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo will once again host the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department Convoy for Kids on November 26 to benefit Capital Region Toys for Tots. During the 2016 event, over 10,000 toys were donated.
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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 a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. 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.