Marine Toys for Tots Presented $1,500 and Help During their Holiday Toy Drives
(SAVANNAH, GA) Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire has selected Marine Toys for Tots as their charity partner for the month of December. Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal will assist in the collection of more than 75 cubic yards of toys this holiday season.
To kickstart their partnership with Marine Toys for Tots, Junkluggers presented a $1,500 check to the organization on Friday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. during their Black Friday event at Toys-R-Us, located at 7400 Abercorn St in Savannah, Ga.
Marine Toys for Tots is collecting toys for children in need to brighten their Christmas season. This year, the organization will participate in approximately 45 events in which local citizens can drop off toys. The collected gifts will, in turn, be distributed through local non-profits, including the Salvation Army, United Way and a few churches.
During November and December, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, will be asking customers to participate by donating toys at the time of service. Junkluggers will also help move toys from two major events, one at Sun City in Bluffton and the other at Silver Moss in Hilton Head, to local holding stations.
“I’m a veteran, myself,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise of Junkluggers. “When looking for ways to give back locally, this just seemed like a perfect match because they really need our services and we are really passionate about the mission of Marine Toys for Tots.”
Hess previously served in the U.S. Navy and is currently continuing service as a member of the Navy Reserves.
Junkluggers hauls away items people no longer want or need and strives to donate and recycle as much as possible with the goal of keeping items out of landfills. The local franchise recently celebrated its grand opening and wants to start the business by giving back.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. This year, Marine Toys for Tots will collect toys until Dec. 14.
“This takes a village to make this possible,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Reavis, Savannah Toys for Tots Foundation coordinator. “We need everyone’s support, and Junkluggers is providing us with a service that’s not easy. We encourage everyone who is able to come to one of our events and just give one gift to make a child’s Christmas happier.”