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Spreading the Holiday Cheer

This was in our local news yesterday:

Vit plant plays Santa for needy children

U.S. Marines had some heavy lifting to do at the Hanford vitrification plant Thursday.

They loaded trucks with the largest donation that Toys for Tots has received this year from a single employer in the Tri-City area.

The vit plant's 3,400 employees, Bechtel National and its subcontractor URS collected more than 3,500 toys and nearly $8,000 for Toys for Tots, including 200 bicycles.

Toys for Tots had been worried just a week ago about how it would meet demand for toys for needy children this year.

A flood of donations over the last weekend and the vit plant donation have improved the prospects for providing a merry Christmas for all of those children.

"Toys for Tots identified that there was a significant need for toys this year, and it became very important that we step up," said Dave Leeth, vit plant manager of construction, in a statement.

He kept his promise Thursday to dress up as Santa if the vit plant met a goal set last year to collect 3,000 toys.

The drive not only benefits children, but it's also a way to thank the U.S. Marines for their service, Leeth said.

Griggs/Ace Hardware hauled the toys and bikes loaded by Marines from the central Hanford construction site to the Toys for Tots distribution center using a large trailer and cargo van.

Bechtel and URS made $5,000 in corporate contributions and employees raised $3,000.

I'm sure other people have similar stories from where you live.  Care to share some?


Asked by Groovyflor1 at 12:39 PM on Dec. 10, 2010 in Holidays

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  • very nice...

    Answer by tortkey at 7:14 PM on Dec. 10, 2010