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Annual Toys for Tots distribution a success

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins completed their 17th annual Toys for Tots distribution in the Elkins region. The Elkins Marine Corps League collected and/or purchased almost 21,000 toys, books and stuffed animals in Randolph and several other North-central West Virginia counties during the campaign. The Elkins area Marine Corps League members distributed these toys to 1,196 families with a total of 2,358 children in Randolph, Barbour, Lewis, Tucker and Upshur counties and areas in Harrison, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Webster counties.

The support, enthusiasm, generous donations and sponsorship from numerous organizations, businesses and individuals in the counties where the toys were distributed played a major role in the overall success of this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Although too numerous to mention individually, we appreciate everyone who contributed with monetary or in-kind donations.

Elkins Marine Corps League Detachment 956 members involved in the local Toys for Tots program this year included Judith Ware, Judy Gum, Greg Irwin, Jack and Donna Marteney, Lynn and Sherry Ware, Pete and Anita Tacy, Jack Anderson and Ron Bodkin. Volunteer assistance was provided by Scottie, Tawnya and Tyler Gum; Tom Coffman; Debra Hess; June Swanhart and Barbara Torres.

Roger Ware served as regional chairman, Greg Irwin and Judy Gum of Valley Bend served as co-chairmen for Randolph and several other counties, and Jack Marteney of Buckhannon served as co-chairman for Upshur and Lewis counties. These members are thanked for volunteering over 3,700 community hours and traveling almost 7,400 miles, thus ensuring this project was successful for underprivileged children in Randolph and surrounding counties.

Roger Ware

Elkins Marine

Corps League

Toys for Tots Chairman