As the 52nd annual Toys for Tots campaign kicks into high gear, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has already surpassed the halfway point of its collection drive goal for San Diego County.
The local Toys for Tots drive is expected to exceed its goal of collecting and distributing 50,000 new toys to needy children in the county.
More than 100 local businesses and organizations, including 30 corporate sponsors, have contributed everything from toys to transportation to help the 1,000 Marine reservists reach their target.
“Every year, more and more local businesses and organizations understand that Toys for Tots is about so much more than handing out bicycles and Barbies. It’s about involving the entire community in the spirit of the season to make children happy,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Bartell, one of the drive’s coordinators.
Major contributors were Intuit, which donated 350 bikes; ConnectNet, which is hosting the Web site (www.toydrive.com); Pontiac, which donated vans; Chevron, which provided free fuel; and Papa John’s, which gave out coupons for a free pizza with the contribution of a toy.
, Rita Fennelly