the second consecutive year, Marshall 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.”
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, e-mail Sweetman at Sweetman@marshall.edu.
Photo: Sgt. Victor Arroyo, assistant coordinator of the Toys for Tots
campaign, poses with first-grade students from St. Joseph Catholic Grade School
and some of the toys the school has collected. The students are, from left,
Riley Ibanez, Madison Nekvinda, Sinclair McKinney and Rama Rayyan. Photo by
Liu Yang/Marshall University.
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