(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the United States Marine Corps unite again in the Toys for Tots program as it celebrates its 75th birthday to spread hope and joy to less fortunate children.
PSP, the Marines and Toys for Tots are asking for donations at the 7th Annual “Stuff the Cruiser” event on Saturday, November 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Summit Township Walmart Store. This event will be the “kick off” toy donation event for the entire Erie County Toys for Tots campaign.
Since 2016, Toys for Tots has partnered with the Marines on their annual holiday mission to provide support to low-income families with children in Erie County. Since its inception in Los Angeles in 1947, Toys for Tots has grown into a national program now operating in more than 830 communities across the country.
In 2021, Toys for Tots programs handled higher than normal requests for assistance, largely due to the lingering economic effects of the pandemic. As they begin the 2022 campaign, it is likely that the massive spike in inflation will lead to increased requests for assistance.
This annual event with the Marines symbolizes the shared commitment they have with the Toys for Tots program and its noble mission to help those in need this Christmas.