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Toys For Tots Kicks Off Collection Efforts

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for the Toys For Tots organization that means it is time to start collecting toys for families in need.

HAGERSTOWN, Md.— The holidays are quickly approaching, and for the Toys For Tots organization that means it is time to start collecting toys for families in need.

Eighty bikers rode through Washington County Saturday to raise money for the cause.

Last year, Toys For Tots of Washington County gave toys to more than 3,200 children. They are hoping they can help more families this year.

“We’re strong here in Washington County,” said Jim Mills, chair of Washington County Toys For Tots. “We're looking to get stronger every year that we're growing. Last year we collected twenty-seven thousand toys."

Several local marines who helped organize the bike ride say they are committed to Toys For Tots, a non-profit organization created by the Marine Corps.

"I volunteer my time and my effort to a worthy cause both for the benefit of the children of Washington County and for the traditions and history of the United States Marine Corps," said Sgt. Jeff Magnum, a retired marine and a Toys For Tots volunteer. "We have another volunteer here with us today. Her son was a marine. And in his memory she donates her time and services to Toys For Tots. So not everyone has to be a marine, but quite a few of us are."

Toys For Tots of Washington County will be collecting toys until December 14. For a full list of drop-off locations visit: http://hagerstown-md.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx

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