Tri-State Detachment 494 of the Marine Corps League donated $10,000 to the Marine Corps Reserve’s 2013 Toys for Tots campaign.
For the past two years, Harry Dampf of Canfield and other member of Tri-State Detachment 494 raised money to buy bicycles to be distributed through the Toys for Tots program in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
But this year, said Dampf, past commandant of Tri-State Detachment 494, the organization decided to raise money for the general campaign for bicycles and other toys.
“Every penny is kept right here,” he said.
The $10,000 was presented to Marine Sgt. Modesto Montano, coordinator for the Mahoning and Trumbull Toys for Tots campaign, at a recent Detachment 494 meeting.
Major contributors are Southwoods Surgical Center in Boardman; the Cafaro Co.; Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt; and Boardman Subaru dealership, Dampf said.
Montano, supply chief for the Marine Corps Reserves’ Detachment 3, Maintenance Co., Combat Logistics Battalion 453 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, said that the toys collected will be distributed by the Salvation Army’s Youngstown Citadel later in December.
“We encourage organizations to get involved. The Salvation Army requests what it needs, and the Marines Toys for Tots campaign supplies them,” Montano said.
People who want to donate new, unused and unwrapped toys and gifts to the Toys for Tots program can visit Toys for Tots.org for a list of the more than 200 toy drops in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
Once on the website, go to “select a state,” click on “Ohio,” and then on the county to find the location of toy drop sites, Montano said.
Besides donating a toy at one of the area drop-off locations, people can contribute to the local Toys for Tots campaign by hosting a toy collection at their home, office or other venue, or volunteer to sort and distribute toys.