OTTUMWA — During the holiday season, perhaps nothing can brighten your spirits more than seeing children who usually go giftless get new, unwrapped toys.
For the fourth consecutive year, Menards is participating in the Toys for Tots program, which is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. At all of the 284 Menards stores throughout the Midwest, those wanting to spread some holiday cheer to a child in need have the opportunity by simply putting a new toy into the collection boxes at the front of the store.
Menards spokesperson Jeff Abbott said the reason Menards participates in the Toys for Tots program is because they are a family-run business. Anytime they can help with an event that has to deal with families, especially families in need, they jump at the opportunity.
“We feel strongly about the importance of family and the support of toy drives in our stores because it helps contribute to families at Christmas in a time of need,” Abbott said.
Douglas Yeoman, the Ottumwa store general manager, has been quite satisfied with the way Ottumwans have participated in the toy drive in the past.
“It was really successful last year,” he said.
This year’s Toys for Tots program has already begun. There is a donation box at the front of the Ottumwa Menards ready to be filled. Sometime in the middle of December, Yeoman said, volunteers from the Marine Reserves will come to collect the toys and will share them with local children who are in need.
Those wanting to donate can either buy toys in the toy section of Menards or bring in toys from home, but Yeoman stressed they have to be new, unopened toys.
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