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Local marines, corpsmen kick-start Toys for Kids program in Alexandria

The Runestone Detachment 1409, Marine Corps League in Alexandria, comprised of former and active area Marines and FMF Corpsmen, is working to start an annual Toy for Kids program in the area.

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Toys for Kids is a community service project that is conducted annually during November and December.

It distributes toys, games, cosmetics (for the older kids) and money to local communities.

The Marine Corps League is seeking local businesses or organizations that would be willing to provide a convenient location for the collection of donated toys and money.

Those willing should provide a box or container in a visible location at their place of business or office.

A large Toys for Kids poster will be provided for businesses to display with the container. The drop-off box should be decorated.

The primary dates for toy collection will be Monday, November 18 through Friday, December 20, after which time toys and money will be distributed to local churches and Love INC.

Marine volunteers will begin collecting toys from drop points on a regular basis between November 18 and December 20, after which time the collection containers should be removed.

Toys received after December 25 will be picked up at your request and stored for use next year.

All people picking up toys will be wearing a Marine Corps League cover or USMC hat. No one without a Marine Corps League cover or USMC hat should be allowed to pick up the toys or money.

For more information, call Grant Haugen at (320) 762-8925.

The Runestone Marine Corps League Detachment is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? • While Christmas shopping, buy one extra gift to give to a child 15 years of age or younger. Bring the unwrapped gift to one of the many drop points throughout the area.

• Make a cash donation to the program by sending a check, donating through your work or organization, or making a deposit in one of the collection containers located at many area businesses.

• Make checks out to Runestone Detachment, Toys for Kids program and mail to Toys for Kids, Runestone Detachment, Marine Corps League, 1102 3rd Avenue East, Alexandria, MN 56308.

• Organize or participate in a Toys for Kids fundraising event within your company, group or organization.

• Do what you can to respond to the needs of others in the community.