Hanford vitrification plant employees and Marines loaded up thousands of toys for needy children Thursday at the construction site.
Vit plant workers with contractors Bechtel National and AECOM donated almost $29,000 in addition to the toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.
“Toys for Tots is one of our favorite events of the year because it provides us with the opportunity to give back to the community and to honor the Marines as well as the many veterans who work at the Vit Plant,” said Danny Hydrick, vit plant manager of construction.
Glen Carter, the Tri-City-area Toys for Tots coordinator, said he continued to be impressed with the consistent generosity of vit plant employees and contractors.
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“Every year, they come together and help our local Toys for Tots organization meet our community’s needs and create brighter holidays for children in our area,” he said.
About $11,000 of the money will be used for the pipefitters union Local 598 Bikes for Tikes program. Pipefitters expect to assemble 500 bicycles for Toys for Tots.
Griggs/Ace Hardware ensured the bicycle orders were fulfilled in time for Christmas delivery. Vintners Logistics will deliver the toys and bikes to Toys for Tots.
Additional donations of unwrapped toys for needy children can be dropped off at the Marine Corps recruiting office, 1220 Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, or at Tri-City businesses listed at bit.ly/tottoys.