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Toys for Tots drive coming to Metra for second year

(November 22, 2013) - 
Metra hopes to transform its trains into Santa’s sleds for the second year in a row by working with the U.S. Marines and PODS® of Chicago on a Toys for Tots drive at all downtown Metra stations on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
 
Metra riders are 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.
 
Collection boxes will be set up at Millennium Station, Van Buren St. Station, LaSalle St. Station, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center for Metra riders who wish to donate a toy to a needy child. The collection boxes will be staffed by Marines and Metra workers from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec.11. Containers donated by PODS® of Chicago will be used to collect and store the donated toys, and U-Haul will assist with transporting them.
 
“Last year our riders demonstrated spectacular generosity, donating more than 3,000 toys and about $3,500 in cash,” said Metra Interim Executive Director Don Orseno. “We hope to do even better this year on this exciting and heart-warming initiative.”
“Every child deserves to have a bright Christmas and have their holiday wishes come true,” said Brett Schnitzius, Regional Director for PODS® of Chicago. “We believe in giving back to the community and are proud to work with Metra by providing our moving and storage containers wherever needed to help collect gifts for these deserving children.”
Local IHOP restaurants also will accept donations for the Toys for Tots campaign through Dec. 15.
 
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.
 
About PODS
Founded in 1998, PODS® currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250 million consumers and businesses, in 46 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 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2.0 million deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service.
 
Media/TV Inquiries
Please contact Metra Media Relations at 312-322-6776 to arrange to photograph/film commuters donating toys at a downtown Metra station.
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