12/2/14: Toys for Tots Aims to Make Spirits Bright Around Erie County

Modified: January 23, 2015 3:32pm

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Festive Barrels Await Toy Donations at Rath Building, Santaland

ERIE COUNTY, NY— For the third year in a row, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” campaign has found a holiday home with employees in Erie County office buildings and visitors to this year’s “Santaland”, and will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys at both locations. Donation barrels are located throughout the Edward A. Rath county office building and will also be at Santaland, which will be held December 13-14 at Chestnut Ridge Park.

“Participating in the Toys for Tots campaign is a great way to make the holidays brighter for a child who may not have much joy on Christmas but will have something to unwrap thanks to the generosity of a stranger. This is the season of giving, so I encourage anyone who can donate a new, unwrapped toy to please do so,” said Poloncarz. “Once again this year, I am hoping that Erie County employees and the many visitors to Santaland will embrace the holiday spirit, giving freely from their hearts to help make a better holiday for a local child.”

The Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year for distribution as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Toys will be collected through December 19 in order to be distributed by Christmas. Over the past two years, the Erie County Toys for Tots outreach effort has collected over 1,000 toys.