The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the Capital Region Toys for Tots’ annual Holiday Collection Drive. This year, the charity’s campaign has been kick-started by local and regional Dunkin’ franchisees, who have donated $30,000. Read on to learn more about the donation, as well as Capital Region Toys for Tots’ plans for the upcoming holiday season!
Dunkin’s gift was presented on October 10 at the Marine Secure Warehouse in Clifton Park, which will be the Capital Region campaign’s home for the second year in a row. Dunkin’s $30,000 contribution will be put towards the purchase of toys and coats.
This isn’t Dunkin’s first donation to the cause; they’ve now donated a total of $320,000 in the past 11 years to Capital Region Toys for Tots. If you’d like to join them in their efforts to make the holiday season better for children in need, you’ll be able to drop off new toys and coats at one of the more than 100 Dunkin’ locations that will be accepting donations.
Capital Region Toys for Tots is coming off an amazing year of service. They were selected the 2018 National Toys for Tots Campaign of the Year, beating out other campaigns from across all 50 states and several US territories.
This year, over 400 Capital Region locations will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys, with over 200 community agencies working with Capital Region Toys for Tots to provide toys and winter coats for as many as 200,000 kids.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Toys for Tots Train is scheduled for Saturday. December 7. Volunteers from the Marine Corps Reserve and Dunkin’ will deliver donated toys and coats to kids and non-profit organizations across New York State. Dunkin’ will also be serving free hot chocolate and pastries at some stops along the way.
The Convoy of Hope, which saw its inaugural year in 2018, will also be setting off to deliver donations to the North Country. Northern New York’s Sheriff’s Coalition and Upstate Transit of Saratoga have partnered to make the convoy possible. Tractor trailers will embark on Sunday, December 1 from Rouses Point near the Canadian border, stopping at towns along the way south to Fort Edward.