Employees at the Hanford vitrification plant and Bechtel National have ensured a happy Christmas for hundreds of needy children.
The 3,400 employees at the plant collected more than 4,000 toys, including bicycles and helmets, to donate Thursday to the Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots campaign.
In addition, they donated $5,000. Bechtel, the contractor on the project, and URS, the principle subcontractor, added another $5,000 to that to bring the donation to $10,000.
"Again, this is the largest donation from a single employer, and on behalf of the Marines Corps Reserves, I thank you," said Capt. Christopher Johnson. It was his second year to pick up donations at the vit plant with the Marines from Bravo Company, 4th Tank Battalion.
Last year vit plant employees donated 3,500 toys, including 200 bicycles, and with their employers donated $8,000.
"Once again, our employees have demonstrated their incredible generosity and made me proud to be a part of the vit plant project," said Ty Troutman, manager of construction.
Because employees topped last year's donation, vit plant senior managers dressed up as Santa and his elves and other holiday characters as the toys were loaded up Thursday morning by Marines.
Griggs/Ace Hardware of the Tri-Cities helped by filling bicycle orders and Vintners Logistics in Kennewick provided transportation for the bikes and toys.