NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) has announced they will once again team up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation in a campaign to spread good cheer and make the holidays happy for thousands of needy children. BFNT and the Marine Corps Reserve will gather toys, books and other gifts for children during the holiday season. This is the second year of a three-year, nationwide sponsorship by BFNT in support of the good works performed by the Toys for Tots program.
“We saw from the success of our efforts last year that Toys for Tots really makes a difference in the lives of so many children,” said John Gamauf, president, Consumer Replacement Tire, BFNT. “We’ve enjoyed working with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. It’s very gratifying to be able to team-up with such a great organization for such a worthy cause.”
Last year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign distributed 19 million new toys, bringing the joy of the holidays and delivering a message of hope to 7.5 million needy children. This made the 2004 Toys for Tots Campaign the most successful in the 57-year history of the program. It was also named the Best Children’s Charity by Reader’s Digest and has been included on the Gold-Star List of Charities by Forbes magazine.
Organizers are encouraging both companies and communities to contribute three months to the campaign, to help make a difference.
“Last year’s Toy for Tots Campaign was our most successful ever thanks to great corporate partners like Bridgestone Firestone. We know that together we can build on our success and brighten the holidays for even more deserving children,” said Major William J. Grein, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret).
To reinforce its commitment to the program, designated Bridgestone Firestone retail outlets (independent and company-owned stores) will act as drop-off points for their communities for the next two years. Those who want to contribute can take unwrapped toys and gifts to their nearest participating Bridgestone Firestone dealer, Firestone Complete Auto Care, TiresPlus or ExpertTire location and place them in a collection box in the customer lounge. Call 1-877-TIRE-USA or visit www.bridgestonetire.com for your nearest location. Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until Dec. 16.
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