Marine's mission is Christmas joy

December 17, 1998

Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas, we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the fifth in the series.

Robert GlausierBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Bob Glausier, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is busy this time of year working on a Christmas toy project.

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Toys for Tots has been a Marine Corps Reserve project for 50 years. It began operating in Washington County in 1997, thanks to the Marine Corps League in Hagerstown.

"Last year, we collected 1,100 toys," said Glausier, commandant of the Marine Corps League Bulldog Detachment. "We decided to get involved because there was such a great need here."


Glausier said he hopes this year the number of toys collected will increase.

Toys for Tots donation boxes can be found at Wal-Mart, Norwest Financial in Fountainhead Plaza, Long and Foster Realtors on the Dual Highway, Blockbuster Video, Nevin's Furniture in Greencastle, Pa., Hoffman's Chevrolet, Hagerstown Ford, Kmart and at California Microwave in the Washington County Regional Airpark.

Jars for monetary donations are available at the Airport Inn, Colonial Restaurant and Tony's Pizza, both on Pennsylvania Avenue, Best Hotel (formerly The Venice) and Richardson's Restaurant, Glausier said.

Anyone wishing to donate a large toy can call Glausier at 301-432-5289 and he will pick it up.

The toys will be distributed on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Ford.

"No child will go without ... if we don't collect enough toys to meet our demands, I will make a call and get more toys from other areas where there is a surplus," Glausier said.

A Marine from 1949 to 1970, Glausier saw duty in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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