On Dec. 5, the train will travel from Binghamton to Delanson, and on Dec. 6, the train will go from Albany to Plattsburgh with regional stops in Mechanicville, Saratoga and Whitehall. At the end of the two days, the Holiday Train will have given gifts to an estimated 30,000 children in 12 locations.
In addition to the Toys for Tots Holiday Train, the annual U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Holiday Drive will collect gifts at more than 400 locations throughout the Capital District this year. The collection starts on Nov. 5 and 6 at Capital District Toys 'R' Us locations and is expected to bring in more gifts for communities not covered by the Holiday Train. The efforts of the local franchisees also overlaps with the efforts of the Dunkin' Donuts Community Foundation, which aims to make a positive impact in the lives of children and communities by supporting charities that benefit children.
"It sounded like a good way to give back to the community," said local Toys for Tots Coordinator Sgt. Albert Roman Jr., who said he became involved in the program as a way to give back to the community that he was a part of in Glenville. "It sounded like a good way to see where I'm living and how to meet the people of the area and be able to put a smile on a kid's face. What other time do you get to do that?" ""