Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign kicks off with new warehouse in Mechanicville

MALTA – Capital Region Toys for Tots has announced the launch of its holiday campaign and that it will move its holiday headquarters from Clifton Park to a new warehouse in Mechanicville.

The 2022 Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign kicked off in the Capital Region on Thursday. This year, the Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign is asking the community to help not only donate toys, but also transport toys to the new warehouse, said area coordinator Marine Gunnery Sgt. said Albert Roman.

“We call on the community,” Roman said. “And, to local businesses to help provide trucks and vehicles needed to help transport thousands of toys from the previous Clifton Park location to the new warehouse coming this holiday season.”

Warehouse space in Mechanicville was donated by Adirondack Basement Refinishing Systems owner Kevin Koval. Community support is needed to facilitate the move to the warehouse, Roman said.

“We can’t do it without you,” Roman said. “We haven’t delivered a single box, we’re going to have less than 30 days to send all the boxes out to the community.”

Individuals or businesses interested in helping transport toys to the Mechanicville warehouse can contact Toys for Tots by email: [email protected]

“Every year we have scenarios that are out of our control and we’re going to come, we’re going to be successful and we’re going to win,” Roman said. “The only reason we succeed in the Capital Region is because of our communities and our partners. »

Capital Region Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps Reserve will work with more than 250 community agencies and serve more than 200,000 children this holiday season, Roman said.

Capital Region Toys for Tots serves 14 counties in upstate New York. In 2021, it distributed 237,907 toys, supporting 237,000 children.

Toys for Tots needs as many volunteers as possible, Roman said. Volunteers are needed to drive, sort toys, bag and tag toys, he said. Anyone from college (volunteering with a parent) and up can volunteer. Those interested in volunteering can do so by clicking on “volunteer” on the Toys for Tots website.

The Capital Region Toys for Tots campaign will collect new unpackaged toys in drop boxes at approximately 400 locations, including more than 100 Dunkin’ restaurant locations.

“We are committed to continuing this holiday tradition of giving gifts to children while keeping everyone safe and healthy this holiday season,” Roman said. “We look to our long-term partners, including Dunkin’, for their support in fulfilling this annual mission of bringing joy to children during the holidays.”

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, and the 14th year Dunkin’ has partnered with Toys for Tots.

Dunkin’ donated $25,000 to the Capital Region campaign.

“We encourage all of our valued guests to help us kick off the season by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at one of our 100 locations,” said Dunkin’ franchisee Natasha Teixeira.

Quick Response will sanitize toy donations, said Fabian Johnston, executive director of Quick Response. The company will also organize a 10-day toy drive.

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