.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE AND DUNKIN’ VOLUNTEERS LOAD THOUSANDS OF TOYS ONTO HOLIDAY CONVOY AHEAD OF 2021 DELIVERY TOUR

Holiday convoy will hit the road Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 to deliver toys to thousands of children across upstate New York

Capital Region Toys for Tots names the holiday delivery campaign “Convoy for Tots in Memory of Tom Disinger” for his years of dedication to the holiday program

Clifton Park, NY; – The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Dunkin’ franchisee and civilian volunteers today loaded thousands of toys onto a holiday convoy in preparation for the annual two-day delivery tour this weekend.

Capital Region Toys for Tots today announced the holiday convoy, comprising numerous tractor trailers, trucks and vans, will officially be named “Convoy for Tots in Memory of Tom Disinger”. The Air Force veteran spent many seasons supporting Capital Region Toys for Tots and regularly staffed the front desk of the warehouse, greeting all who came through the doors to donate or volunteer.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Capital Region Toys for Tots holiday convoy is being named for a man who devoted his life to helping others. Tom made the world a brighter place and the Capital Region Toys for Tots family will carry on his legacy of cheer and goodwill as we ride in his honor this holiday season,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign. “We appreciate the continued support and dedication from our community partners led by Dunkin’, whose franchisees and volunteers stepped up today to help us load the convoy and keep our annual toy-delivery campaign running. The holiday season is all about giving back and the generosity of our community partners is a true example of holiday spirit.”

Dunkin’ franchisees donated complimentary coffee and baked goods to volunteers and assisted with sorting and loading thousands of toys onto vehicles ahead of the holiday convoy across upstate New York this weekend.

“Dunkin’ 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. We commend the Marines, local law enforcement and all others involved for their dedication to this important holiday tradition,” said Capital Region Dunkin’ franchisee Natasha Teixeira. “We are happy to keep these dedicated volunteers running on Dunkin’ and provide a helping hand to prepare for the convoy, which has such a vital impact on families in our community.”

Since 2009, the annual Capital Region Toys for Tots holiday campaign has been bolstered by the support of Dunkin’, which has donated $375,000 to the program over the past 13 years. The Toys for Tots collection drive is currently underway at approximately 400 locations throughout the Capital Region, including more than 100 local and regional Dunkin’ restaurants.

The “Convoy for Tots in Memory of Tom Disinger,” will tour the state this weekend to deliver toys to children in need. Dozens of volunteers will be transported as part of the convoy on passenger buses, courtesy of CDTA and Upstate Transit of Saratoga.

Thousands of toys will be delivered at each stop to local non-profit organizations for distribution to children they serve in their communities. Children and their families are invited to attend convoy pitstops to meet Santa, receive cookies and a special stocking stuffer courtesy of Capital Region Toys for Tots. However, gifts will not be handed out without a child present and collecting at multiple stops will not be allowed.

The official 2021 “Convoy for Tots in Memory of Tom Disinger” distribution schedule is as follows (all times are approximate).

South Run on Saturday, Dec. 11:

8:38-9:08 a.m.              Duanesburg High School, 133 School St., Delanson

9:33-10:03 a.m.            Cobleskill Walmart, 139 Merchant Place, Cobleskill

11:13-11:43 a.m.            Bainbridge High School, 18 Juliand St., Bainbridge

12:35-1:25 p.m.             Barnes & Noble, 2443 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal

North Run on Sunday, Dec. 12:

10:30-11:05 a.m.           Northeastern Clinton Central School District, 103 NY-276, Champlain

11:52 a.m.-12:27 p.m.   Ausable Valley Middle/High School, 1460 NY-9N, Keeseville

12:54-1:39 p.m.             Essex County Sheriff’s Office, 702 Stowersville Road, Lewis

2:29-3:04 p.m.              Parking Lot, 1092 Wicker St., Ticonderoga

4:07-4:42 p.m.              Washington County Complex, 383 Broadway, Fort Edward

Capital Region Toys for Tots receives additional support from numerous companies and organizations throughout the greater Capital Region, including Upstate Transit of Saratoga, Alpin Haus, Auto Solutions, Destination Auto Group, Mohawk Honda, Mohawk Chevrolet, iHeart Media, Robert’s Towing & Recovery, SEFCU, Seymour’s Motorized Sports, Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, Flowrite, Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS, Albany County Sheriff’s Office and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Capital Region Toys for Tots serves 15 counties across upstate New York, including: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. The holiday campaign operates annually from October 1 through December 23.

The Marines will work with more than 200 community agencies to distribute toys this holiday season and will be prepared to accommodate 200,000 children.

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About Dunkin’

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 14 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Capital Region Toys for Tots
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Capital Region Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to children in need throughout a 14-county operating area. The Capital Region Toys for Tots Campaign was previously selected as the 2018 US Marine Corps Toys for Tots National Campaign of the Year. Capital Region Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps Reserve annually work with 200 community agencies across the state to serve more than 200,000 children. For more information, visit www.capitalregiontoysfortots.org.

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