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Holiday helpers

November 29, 1997

West Virginia State Police

West Virginia State Police troopers are collecting toys and nonperishable food items for the state's needy residents in cooperation with the Salvation Army. This marks the seventh year the agency has worked to collect goods to help others.

More than 100,000 toys and food items have been collected by 60 state police detachments over the years through the project. Last year, more than $6,000 in toys and food was collected.

The Salvation Army requests that only nonperishable food items and new and still usable toys be delivered to state police locations. All donations will be forwarded to West Virginia families prior to Christmas. All donations will be distributed back to local residents. State Police cannot accept monetary contributions. Individuals who wish to donate money should contact their local Salvation Army office.


The Hagerstown Detachment of the Marine Corps League

The organization is assisting Company B, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Frederick, Md., in collecting Toys-for-Tots this year. There will be a Marine Corps vehicle at Wal-Mart and Kmart in Hagerstown on Dec. 14. There will be rides in the vehicles in exchange for a new toy. The toys will be donated to Toys-for-Tots.

For information, call Staff Sgt. Gary Gunther at 1-301-619-2510. Class children by age group, gender and how many children in each group. The league will try to provide two toys per child.

If your organization is sponsoring a holiday charity drive in the tri-state area, send information to the attention of Terry Headlee, City Editor, The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21740, or email Holiday Helpers will run periodically throughout the holiday season.

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