To the editor,

One of the best qualities of East Central Minnesota is the generosity of its citizens when the needs of children are a concern. Since the late 1990s, communities and individuals have generously supported the Toys for Tots program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Unique to charitable giving agencies, Toys for Tots keeps all donations of money and toys collected rurally in that same rural community. And for every dollar given, 97 cents is used for toys.

2018 brought expanding toy distribution from Pine County out to Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties. Together, over 4,000 toys, books and stocking suffers were collected in the six-county area.

Thanks to the generous donations and volunteers, 988 children from 418 families received toys under the tree that wouldn’t have happened without you. 

Thanks again to this great East Central Minnesota community.

Julie Samuelson

Pine County Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator

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