Shoppers Help Marines and State Police Stuff the Cruiser with Toys for Tots
Pennsylvania State Police from Troop E and the U.S. Marines teamed up Saturday for their annual Toys for Tots drive.
The toy collection took place from noon to 4:00 p.m. outside Wal Mart in Summit Township. Shoppers showed up to help "Stuff the Cruiser" with new unwrapped toys for children in need.
Troopers and Marines collected hundreds of donated toys and gift cards from generous community members. The cruiser was filled up with toys six times.
The Oscar Mayer wienermobile visiting in Erie, was parked at the event as well, offering an additional incentive for people to stop and support the effort.
Trooper Cindy Schick, said the effort will help thousands of kids have a Merry Christmas, thanks to the collaboration between state police, the marines and the community.
"This is the 4th year we've teamed up with the Marines for the Stuff the Cruiser Toys for Tots event, we have a good relationship together, we both come together to collect these toys and we all have the same goal in mind let's get as many toys as we can for these kids in Erie County. And it's very humbling for us to see the community come out and see how grateful the community is for what they have and to donate for others as well," Trooper Schick said.
The local Toys for Tots campaign is expected to collect 18 thousand toys by the time the 2019 campaign is complete.