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Redner’s Markets is poised to kick-off of its 27th annual United States Marine Corps Reserve centers Toys for Tots program this weekend. The charitable endeavor enlists the support of local residents to donate new toys and monetary gifts to the charitable organization. Donations will be collected in all Redner’s Warehouse Markets and Quick Shoppes in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.
During November and December a customer can find the walls of the Reading, Pa.-based Redner’s stores decorated with thousands of red paper choo-choo trains bearing the customer’s name or message. Customers can also drop-off a new, unwrapped toy in the collection boxes placed in the stores as well. In 2000 Redner’s began offering the paper choo-choo trains for a $1 donation as a way to increase the monetary collection.
The “small” trains were able to increase the monetary donation to Toys for Tots by over $500 thousand dollars and have been used by some groups in other areas of the country.
An important part of Redner’s Toys for Tots program’s success is its assurance that all the money and toys are returned to the community in which they are collected through local Marine Corps Reserve Centers or the Marine Corps League. Toys are distributed for the immediate holiday and the money is donated at the conclusion of the holiday in January. Funds are donated after the program to ensure that groups begin the following year with a positive balance to purchase toys or other needed materials.
The employee-owned Redner’s Markets, Inc. operates 39 Warehouse Markets and 12 Quick Shoppes throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.