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Toys for Tots Campaign Hits Homestretch

by on December 21, 2013 8:00 AM

Now comes the fun part. After a successful Toys for Tots campaign, volunteers with various agencies will be distributing hundreds of toys on Saturday, along with full Christmas dinners, clothes and shoes.

Volunteers have set up operations at the Mountainview Country Club in Boalsburg and will handing out toys to families on Saturday.

Members of the Elks Club, Alpha Fire Company, Boalsburg Fire Company and area food banks are all pitching in to help.

"It's really rewarding to be a part of it. It's something we look forward to doing each year and we have a lot of pride in doing it," said Perry Schram, State College Elks Exalted Ruler. "It makes you feel special because we're able to help."

Last weekend, hundreds of volunteers helped wrap a slew of donated toys through Toys for Tots, under the coordination of Gene Weller, a retired major in the U.S. Marines Reserves.

This is the 27th year Toys for Tots has been sponsored by the Nittany Leathernecks, a detachment of active duty and retired U.S. Marines. The organization oversees the Toys for Tots collection campaign, but area food banks and the State College Elks Club are in charge of distributing toys to needy children.

Anyone seeking assistance from Toys for Tots are requested to contact their county food pantry. For assistance determining your county food pantry, contact the Centre County Help Line at 800-494-2500.

Toys for Tots supporters represent a broad cross-section of the community, including area businesses, private individuals, various departments at Penn State, food banks and state social service agencies.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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