$30,000 donation brings Dunkin’s total support of Toys for Tots to just under $300,000
Clifton Park, NY; – Dunkin’ and the Toys for Tots Foundation today celebrated their 10-year partnership by announcing that the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train, powered by Norfolk Southern Railway, will return to deliver holiday cheer to children across New York during the 2018 season.
Anchored by Dunkin’ and its Capital Region franchisees for the past decade, the Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train, powered by Norfolk Southern Railway, will travel from Binghamton to Delanson to distribute thousands of toys and winter coats to local non-profit organizations and children in need on Saturday, December 1. The second leg of the journey between Saratoga Springs and Rouses Point will be held on Sunday, December 9. Additional details about this portion of the toy distribution will be forthcoming.
Since beginning its support of the holiday toy collection drive in 2009, Dunkin’ has donated $290,000 to the Capital Region-based Toys for Tots Foundation, including today’s $30,000 contribution.
“We are grateful to Dunkin’ for its continued support to keep our holiday initiative running over the last 10 years,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) Albert Roman, local coordinator of the Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign. “We’d also like to thank Norfolk Southern for stepping up to help us deliver tens of thousands of toys to communities across the state. The enormous generosity of Dunkin’ and Norfolk Southern Railway, and numerous other local companies and organizations, will bring new toys to thousands of children in New York this holiday season.”
The $30,000 contribution from Dunkin’ will fund the purchase of new toys and winter coats for children in need. The coats, which will be distributed throughout New York, will be collected and administered through the South Colonie Central School District.
This year’s Toys for Tots collection drive will take place at more than 400 locations throughout the Capital Region, including more than 100 local and regional Dunkin’ restaurants, which will serve as drop-off points for guests wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys.
“Dunkin’ is honored to celebrate 10 years in support of the efforts of the United States Marines who are the driving force behind the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Dunkin’ Integrated Marketing Manager Eric Stensland. “Our Capital Region franchisees, operations team and crew members have been helping bring joy to children and families for the past decade, and we are thrilled to continue our support this holiday season. Working alongside volunteers and partner organizations is an extraordinary example of the spirit and meaning of giving.”
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 Auto Solution, SEFCU and Seymour’s Motorized Sports. Additionally, Starpoint Church in Clifton Park is donating warehouse space to serve as the home of the 2018 Capital Region Toys for Tots program.
Clifton Park & Halfmoon EMS, and members of the Saratoga, Washington, Albany, Fulton, Essex, and Clinton Sheriff’s Departments also provide support to the Toys for Tots campaign. Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo will host the fifth annual Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department Convoy for Tots on Sunday, November 25 to benefit Capital Region Toys for Tots. During the 2017 event, more than 10,000 toys were donated.
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