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Dealership contributes to Toys for Tots

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 20, 2019

 Items donated to Toys for Tots fill the back of a pickup truck at Russ Milne Ford in Macomb Township. This was the sixth year the dealership participated in the collection.

Items donated to Toys for Tots fill the back of a pickup truck at Russ Milne Ford in Macomb Township. This was the sixth year the dealership participated in the collection.

Photo provided by Mark Hoffer

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Russ Milne Ford in Macomb Township participated in collecting gifts for Toys for Tots for the sixth year.

From Nov. 6 to Dec. 12, a pickup truck full of toys — and then some — were collected. Gifts were picked up for distribution Dec. 17.

“More than anything, you want to make sure that kids in need have a good Christmas,” Mark Hoffer, sales consultant at the dealership said. “One of the guys that used to work here spearheaded it, and I figured we got to do it.”  

Hoffer said the United States Postal Service in Mount Clemens contributed to the project, dropping off four bicycles and other toys.

The trend of more and more toys collected each year continued in 2019.

“People are getting to know we’re here, and we had people stopping by that hadn’t helped us before,” Hoffer said.

Russ Milne Ford is located at the corner of Hall Road and Gratiot Avenue in Macomb Township.

As was the case last year, dealership employees did a dress-down day every Friday during the duration of the collection. Employees could either give money for Toys for Tots and toys would be purchased, or they could bring in toys.

“Myself and a couple other people went to Walmart or Menards and did a big toy run,” Hoffer said.

He said they took three or four shopping trips, spending an average of $300-$400 each time.  

Hoffer thanked those who gave, saying, “It’s a great thing when everybody contributes, and it’s beautiful when you look at the dealership and see the way we’re decorated and all the toys on display. It feels good knowing you’re helping others and there’s a reason you’re doing it.”

Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes new unwrapped toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

The Toys for Tots website states that its primary goal is to help, through the gift of a new toy, bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

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