Updated: November 27, 2020 05:48 PM
Created: November 21, 2020 06:39 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Several local businesses have stepped up in a big way for this year's Toys for Tots campaign.
A generous donation, totaling over $10,000, was given to the drive on Saturday. After hearing how the campaign was off to a slow start, all it took was a couple of phone calls for a handful of businesses in Southeast Minnesota to pull the money together.
"Most of the people who donated to this have some sort of story as a child that happened and got some support somewhere," Kevin Hart, one of the donors from High Point Land Company, said. "My mother raised me by herself and we would have Santa Claus from the YMCA show up, and I would get a gift. It was the greatest deal and my wife and I have been involved, supporting this organization for a long time."
The donors include: Travis and John Warmka (J&S Repair), Brad Grafe (Valley Transportation), Tom Slightam (Jimmy's Salad Dressings and Dips), Tory Keefe (Sunshine Sanitation), Jim and Cindy Wiste (Dent X), and Kevin and Jill Hart (High Point Land Company).
Rochester Motor Cars is another organization that is pitching in. On Saturday, they held a drive-thru toy drop off at their Chevrolet location. In addition to the drop-off, they are also matching donations up to $10,000 from now until November 28.
"So, throughout all the Rochester Motor Cars dealerships in Rochester, if you bring in a toy or a donation, make sure you bring a receipt with the toy, they're going to match up to $10,000," 1st Sgt. Vince Reynolds, the Southeast, MN Toys for Tots coordinator, said. "That is so amazing."
Rita Duda, the Marketing Manager at Rochester Chevrolet-Cadillac, said their location has been busy with drop offs for this year's drive.
"We have people bring one item, we have people bringing 20 items. We've got a lot of employees dropping off toys. So, it really makes you feel good."
The campaign is in the final stretch with their culminating event happening on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Fleet Farm. It will be another drive-thru toy drop-off that will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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