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Toys for Tots runs on Dunkin'

Dunkin' Donuts gives $20,000 to program

On Monday, Nov. 2, Dunkin' Donuts was announced as the Toys for Tots secret Santa, with the company donating more than $20,000 toward the U.S. Marine Corps' annual Holiday Train at the Glenville Marines Reserve Base.

The Marine Corps Holiday Train was in danger of being derailed this year after a lack of support, threatening the delivery of toys to children from Binghamton to Plattsburgh during the holiday season. The money donated by Dunkin' Donuts will go toward the purchase of toys and help the train, donated by Canadian Pacific Railway, on its journey through New York.

"This is one of the best things we can do," said Eric Stensland, field marketing manager for Dunkin' Donuts. "When we heard that it was going to be derailed, it was imperative to keep the train on track and stocked with toys for the children this holiday season."

The Holiday Train, which has been a staple in the region for more than a decade, was in jeopardy of being lost after the former donors had to back out of the project.

Dunkin' Donut franchisees will join the Marine Corps on the train's two-day run across the state to deliver toys to children and families in need. The program will also deliver toys to local nonprofits at each stop to distribute to those in need in their local communities. Dunkin' Donuts will also provide hot chocolate and doughnuts for families and volunteers at each stop on the journey.

"They [the Marine Corps] were looking for a sponsor. We stepped in and made sure these kids can continue to have Christmas like they used to," said Dunkin' Donuts Albany District Chairman Carlos Teixeria. "We wanted to pick up where they [the other sponsors] left off."

Natasha Teixeira, who will accompany her father on the train trip, scheduled for Dec. 5 to 6, said, "I think it's great that Dunkin' Donuts is giving toys to the children. It's a really great cause."

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