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November 14, 2012

Public donations sought to assist Toys for Tots

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Once again, the New Castle Area Marine Corps League Detachment 788 is asking the public to support our Toys for Tots campaign. The league assists the Marine Corps Reserves, which sponsors the Toys for Tots Foundation nationally, here in Lawrence County.

Each year, many needy children in the Lawrence County area receive toys from Toys for Tots through the City Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army which processes and distributes the toys for the Marine Corps League.

Children served by the following local agencies are also receiving toys through our program: Children and Youth Services, ARC, Crisis Shelter, Children’s Advocacy Center, People in Need and the autistic class at Ellwood City High School.

In 2011, your United States Marine Corps distributed more than 15.6 million new toys to 7.2 million less fortunate children across the country. Locally, the New Castle Marine Corps League distributed 7,821 toys to 1,581 of those children in Lawrence County.

We feel that the many volunteers who make Toys for Tots possible year after year embody the true spirit of Christmas. The gift of a new toy, something most children take for granted, means someone cares, that they haven’t been forgotten, that Christmas hasn’t passed them by.

The Marine Corps League will have collection boxes places in schools and businesses around the county to receive contributions of new, unwrapped toys.

All children deserve a little Christmas. I urge people to help our campaign. Local drop-off locations can be found on our website:

Financial contributions made payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation may be sent to Claude Shorts, 1131 Cleland Mill Road, New Castle, Pa. 16102, or donated online through the local website —

Claude Shorts

Toys for Tots


New Castle Area

Marine Corps League 788


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