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"Stuff the Bus" event continues effort for Toys for Tots

Nobles County Toys for Tots will host a Stuff the Bus Event from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Hy-Vee parking lot. The event is being co-sponsored by Radio Works, Hy-Vee and Premier Rentals of Worthington.

The Buffalo Ridge Young Marines hosted its annual Toys for Tots drive this past Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, and Unit Commander Dan Harrington said he hopes to ultimately collect up to 2,500 toys – or a little more than three toys each for the 700 Nobles County children registered in the program.

There will be additional donation opportunities in the coming weeks. There have been donation boxes placed at stores that include Walgreens and Schwalbach Ace Hardware, and area banks are also taking part in a collection competition. Whoever collects the most toys will be awarded a trophy and bragging rights for the upcoming year.

The Buffalo Ridge Young Marines are currently in the midst of their fourth Toys for Tots campaign. The number of youths served has continued to grow over the years, as the very first drive had donations go to 161 kids. Toys for Tots is also collecting in Fairmont this year, and it’s hoped that a campaign in Jackson County will be created as early as next year. More than 1,000 children are registered for Toys for Tots between Nobles County and Fairmont.

Harrington noted that Walmart and Walgreens put $3,000 toward toys this year, and monetary donations given are used to purchase additional toys. Donations will continue to be accepted for several more days, with volunteers scheduled to hand out wrapped presents during a parent pickup event on Dec. 17.

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