$30,000 donation from Dunkin’ Donuts will bring new toys to thousands of children across New York
COLONIE, New York – The Toys for Tots Foundation announced today that the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train will take to the rails for its annual two-day run to deliver holiday cheer to children across New York on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. The train’s run is the result of Dunkin’ Donuts contribution of $30,000 to the Toys for Tots Foundation, bringing its six-year total to $170,000 in support of the holiday collection program.
This year’s Toys for Tots collection drive will take place at more than 400 locations throughout the Capital Region, including more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants which will serve as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys.
Monday’s announcement was made at the Albany headquarters of IntegraOptics which will again serve as the home of the Toys for Tots program. Formerly Integra Networks, IntegraOptics is donating warehouse space and cash to this year’s 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 sixth year in a row,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Albany Toys for Tots campaign. “Their generosity, along with that of IntegraOptics and numerous other local companies and organizations, will bring new toys to thousands of children throughout New York. Dunkin’ Donuts’ support exemplifies the true spirit of the season.”
“Dunkin’ Donuts is proud to support the efforts of the Marines who spearhead the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “We are thrilled 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’ contribution includes funding toward the purchase of new winter coats to keep children warm this season. The coats will be collected and administered through the South Colonie Central School District to be distributed along the train’s journey across New York.
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 Foundation receives additional support from a number of companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region, including Teal, Becker and Chiaramonte; Friehofer’s; Keeler Motor Car Co.; Sondra’s Fine Jewelry; and Wal-Mart.
The Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, presented by Canadian Pacific and Amtrak, will motor its way across 12 communities throughout New York State as the highlight of the Marines’ signature holiday toy drive. The holiday train will commence its run on Saturday, December 6 in Binghamton and will make regional stops in Oneonta, Cobleskill and Delanson. The following day, the train will make its way from Albany to Rouse Point with regional stops in Mechanicville, Saratoga and Whitehall.
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will join the Marines on board the 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 donuts.