Metra, the U.S. Marines and PODS® of Chicago will be spreading holiday cheer next Thursday, Dec. 11, when they work together on a Toys for Tots toy drive at all downtown Metra stations.
For the third straight year, Metra is hoping to transform its trains into Santa’s sleds, delivering toys from riders to Millennium, Van Buren, LaSalle Street, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center, where Marines and Metra workers will be collecting them in containers donated by PODS® of Chicago. The toy drive will be held from 6 a.m. to 1 pm on Dec.11.
Metra riders are being asked to consider donating new, unwrapped toys to the campaign, an annual event orchestrated by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The Toys for Tots program relies on the generosity of the public, and it is that generosity that brings the idea of Santa Claus to the homes of less fortunate children.
“We are extremely excited to be working with the U.S. Marines and PODS® of Chicago on this very important and heart-warming initiative,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “Every child deserves to have a bright Christmas and have their holiday wishes come true and Metra riders have been a big part in making that happen.”
About Toys for Tots
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. The foundation will distribute the gifts collected at this drive to needy children in the Chicago area.
Founded in 1998, PODS® currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS® network has completed more than 380,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2.0 million deliveries and has over 144,000 PODS® containers in service.
Please contact Metra Media Relations at 312-322-6776 to arrange to photograph/film commuters donating toys at a downtown Metra station