Annual holiday train runs on donation from Dunkin’ Donuts for eighth year in a row to deliver $30,000 in toys and winter coats to children across New York
NEW YORK (December 3-4, 2016) – The Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train took to the rails for its annual two-day run to deliver holiday cheer to children across New York on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. The train’s run is the result of Dunkin’ Donuts’ contribution of $30,000 to the Toys for Tots Foundation.
The Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, powered by Amtrak and Norfolk Southern, began on Saturday, December 3 with stops in Binghamton, Bainbridge, Oneonta, Cobleskill and Delanson. On Sunday, December 4, the train proceeded north from Albany with stops in Saratoga Springs, Fort Edwards, Whitehall, Port Henry, Port Kent, and Rouses Point, adjacent to the Canadian border.
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees joined U.S. Marine Corps Reserve volunteers as they traversed the state to deliver toys and winter coats to children in need – purchased with a $30,000 donation from Dunkin’ Donuts. Thousands of toys were also delivered at each station to local non-profit organizations for distribution to those who qualify in their communities.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ contribution brings its eight-year grand total to $230,000 in support of the Toys for Tots campaign.
“We are grateful to have the continued support and dedication from our community partner Dunkin’ Donuts and its franchisees, who have helped to keep our holiday train on track for the eighth year in a row,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Albany Toys for Tots campaign. “The holiday season is all about giving back to our communities, and the generosity from Dunkin’ Donuts of gifts for thousands of children is a true example of what is means to give back.”
Dunkin’ Donuts also warmed up the volunteers and families at select station stops with complimentary hot chocolate and baked goods.
“It is a privilege for Dunkin’ Donuts to support the Marines who spearhead the extraordinary Toys for Tots campaign,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “Each year we are proud to be part of this amazing effort which has such a vital impact on our community and the lives of our children.”
The Toys for Tots Foundation received additional support from a number of companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region, including IntegraOptics, Wal-Mart, SEFCU, Clifton Park and Halfmoon EMS, and members of the Saratoga, Schoharie, and Fulton County Sheriff’s departments.
As many as 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the region are also serving as drop-off locations for guests who wish to donate new, unwrapped toys. The Marine Corps Reserve will work with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and will be equipped to serve 200,000 children.
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 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 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.