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The US Coast Guard Oswego Joins Forces with Toys for Tots Program

The US Coast Guard (USCG) Station Oswego and the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Oswego are partnering together during this holiday season. Shown pictured from left to right are Chris Jones, Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones; Craig C. Ross, Officer in Charge, USCG Station Oswego; and crew members of the USCG Station Oswego.

Oswego, NY – The US Coast Guard (USCG) Station Oswego has joined forces with the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, according to local Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones.

Crew members of the USCG Station Oswego will participate in this upcoming weekend’s fourth annual Toys for Tots Day of Sharing benefit that will be held on Saturday, November 24th at the new Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, adjacent to the Best Western Captain’s Quarters at 26 East First Street in Oswego.

According to Jones, members of the USCG Station Oswego will be delivering donated toys on one of their vessels up the Oswego River to the Lake Ontario Event and Conference location at 4 p.m. on the 24th.

“We greatly appreciate the new partnership with the USCG Oswego for this year’s Toys for Tots Program,” said Jones. “Their efforts and support for the program will make a significant impact this year.”

The Day of Sharing benefit starts at Noon and Santa Claus will arrive at 2:00 pm. Children can have their picture taken with Santa for free when a contribution is made to the Toys for Tots drop box at the event. All day activities will also include a choir, numerous raffle baskets, Christmas stories, showing of classic Christmas cartoons, and variety of holiday arts and crafts. Event goers can also purchase limited edition Toys for Tots ornaments with a minimal donation of $5.

Since the program was founded in 1947, every year Toys for Tots provides grateful families nationwide with the joy of a new gift on Christmas. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Drop off box locations within the Oswego Community for this holiday season’s Toys for Tots program include: Burger’s Okinawan Karate School, Novelis Corp, Canale’s Restaurant, American Legion, VFW, Lighthouse Lanes, Oswego County FCU, Wal-Mart, JC Penney’s, Raby’s Ace Hardware, River’s End Bookstore, Alliance Bank, Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront, Best Western, Bridie Manor, Burritt Motors, City Hall, Dynamic Sound & Security, Beacon Hotel, Leo Pryor’s Taekwondo America, All Kinney Locations, Oswego Family Physicians, Oswego Police Department, and Eastside Oswego Fire Department.

For additional information please contact: Chris Jones, Toys for Tots Coordinator at (315) 342-0396. To learn more about Toys for Tots please visit their national site at www.toysfortots.org, or for local information http://fulton-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.asp.