Marshall, Marines, St. Joe Participate in Toys for Tots

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Marshall, Marines, St. Joe Participate in Toys for Tots

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, Marshall University is teaming with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in supporting a drive to collect toys for needy children in the 2011 Toys for Tots regional campaign. Toys for Tots collects new toys to give to children, ages toddler to early teen, who otherwise would be without during the holidays. St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in Huntington is participating in the annual drive as well.

“It has been great to have St. Joseph on board and working with us,” said Kelly Sweetman, director of military affairs at Marshall. “We were able to take the Marines into the school and have the children meet them and learn about a different kind of mission. The children get to see our military in a different light. They learn that the Marines help in our community here at home; it’s not just all about war.”

The campaign collects toys for children in 14 West Virginia counties and four counties in Ohio. Collection boxes have been placed in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus, where they will remain throughout the campaign, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 17. Marshall’s student group, VETS4VETS, and the Marines will be distributing the toys after the campaign ends.

“I am pleased to be able to have the children working with veterans and current military for the good of the community,” said Andrew Wendt, president of VETS4VETS, referring to St. Joseph’s participation. “West Virginia has a long military history and a high number of veterans. This project pulls us all together for the greater good and we become one group with a purpose.”

St. Joseph principal Carol Templeton said it has been “a privilege and pleasure for St. Joseph Catholic Grade School to participate in the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

“This program has given an opportunity for our students to see the military in a different way,” she said.

New, unwrapped toys, valued at no more than $30 each, are being collected. People may still sign up to receive toys by visiting www.toysfortots.org.

For more information, persons may e-mail Sweetman at Sweetman@marshall.edu.

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