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Toys for Tots Program Helps Marion Families; Marines thank City for Partnership Share

Feb 2, 2018  |  Layla Price

Approximately 2,000 toys were distributed to Marion area families as a result of community participation through the Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots, locally facilitated by U.S. Marines out of Grissom Air Reserve Base, distributes toys to needy families in 7 counties, Grant County being the 2nd largest next to Howard County in regards to the number of families served.

Toys were dropped off at each of the Marion fire stations, and Marines visited local businesses and organizations. Sgt. Trevor Williams said many local companies and individuals made the program a success this past Christmas. He highlighted the efforts of one big contributor, Café Valley. The bakery filled nearly seven boxes with toys, and donated a full pallet of 400 packaged cakes.” Sgt. Williams added individuals gave around $3,500 in cash donations at the Marion General Motors Metal Stamping Plant as a result of gate collections facilitated by the Marines.

Sgt. Williams added Nikki Owen of the City of Marion’s Mayor’s Office was especially helpful as well as the Marion Fire Department. Certificates of Appreciation were presented at City Hall to Mayor Jess Alumbaugh and Fire Chief Geoff Williams.

Mayor Alumbaugh said the City of Marion was pleased to partner with Toys for Tots by providing the fire stations as drop-off locations for citizens to donate toys. We want to thank our U.S. Marines for their service to our country, and for providing a wonderful service for children in our city, state, and nation.”

The toys were distributed to families through the Salvation Army and Wilson’s Lodge. Sgt. Williams said he hopes to get the word out earlier and more frequently in the future to improve the program and serve even more families.

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