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Toy drive features Seahawks players

 

October 18, 2017 | View PDF



Current and former Seattle Seahawks players will be helping at a toy donation drive at Tulalip’s Seattle Premium Outlets on Oct. 20.

The “Toys for Tots Blue Drive” will be at the Seattle Premium Outlets Mall at 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, 1-8 p.m.

Toys collected will be distributed to those in need this holiday season by the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program.

“There will be current and alumni Seahawks there, and in exchange for autographs, photographs or both we are asking for cash or toy donations,” said Mary Butler, the local community officer for Snohomish County.

Seahawks scheduled to be at the event include defensive back Vic Minor, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1980s linebacker Shelton Robinson from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., cornerback rookie Mike Tyson from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A special guest appearance by a player may happen from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as well, although they are waiting to confirm that player, said Butler.

There will also be musical entertainment and activities like a scavenger hunt at the event.

Cash or toys will be accepted at the toy donation drive.

“The cash goes to fill the holes that we end up having,” said Butler.

“People don’t give a lot for the older kids, I think usually because they don’t know what to get them,” she said.

Toys for Tots will not accept gift cards because they can’t ensure that they actually have money on them.

For older kids, Butler recommends gifts like perfume, body wash and clothes. Electronics such as MP3 players, boom boxes and headphones are also good options, although Toys for Tots does not accept iPads.

The program from the U.S. Marine Corps is the only U.S. Armed Forces charity with a license to distribute toys, said Butler.

They give Christmas gifts to families with newborns to those 17 years of age.

Butler’s region covers the area from Shoreline to Smokey Point to Sultan to Stanwood.

“We have many children that are underserved in our community,” said Butler.

“There are 78,000 children around this county with families that are on some kind of assistance,” she said. “So there are a lot of those children who have families that are not able to have a Christmas.”

Toys for Tots is meant to show that those families do have support.

“We want to show them that they are not forgotten and that they have a community that cares about them,” said Butler.

This is the first time Toys for Tots will run a toy donation drive near Marysville, said Butler.

“Last year we served 47,000 children which leaves about another 30,000 that we were not able to help and that’s why we’re reaching out this year to more areas to help assist us,” she said.

Toys for Tots officials are “pumped and excited” for the event and thankful for Seattle Premium Outlets for opening up their mall for the drive.

If families are interested in assistance for Christmas or for their holiday season they can go to toysfortots.org and follow the prompts.

 

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