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Seahawks players help collect for Toys for Tots

 

November 1, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Cole Jones, left, gets a football signed by former Seattle Seahawks player Shelton Robinson at a donation drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots at the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip on Oct. 27.

Current and former Seattle Seahawks players stopped by Tulalip on Oct. 27 to help Toys for Tots with a donation drive and to meet locals.

Seahawks alumni like Vic Minor and Shelton Robinson, and current players like Tedric Thompson and Mike Tyson met with locals who donated toys or cash at the Seattle Premium Outlets mall throughout the day.

The U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program provides toys to families in need across the nation to help with their holiday season.

This is the first year that they have come to the Tulalip/Marysville area.

"We had to decide where we were going to put our resources, but we also wanted to say thank you to the community," said Mary Butler, the local community officer for Snohomish County for Toys for Tots.

"We decided because the community has been so generous that we would give them something back," she said.

"This has been my 10th year [in this position for Toys for Tots] so when this was proposed to me, I thought, what a way to make this happen," she said.

The event served as a good way for some local Seahawks fans to meet players as well.

"It's not often that these fans are able to come in and get a picture or autograph without there being some other kind of event that would cost more," said Butler.

Locals like Jesse Tilley said it was awesome to meet with the players.

"It was a real honor. I'm going to be taking this autographed Seahawks poster home to my dad because he is a massive fan and has been diehard since he moved up here," said Tilley.

Others involved with the Seahawks or the players were also there to meet with fans.

Mae Milloy, mother of Lawyer Milloy, former Seahawks player, New England Patriots player and University of Washington Huskies player, said events like the Toys for Tots drive were good for the community and the fans.

"I always told him [Mae Milloy's son] that without the fans none of this would be possible," she said.

Butler said that both the Milloys have been helping at all of the Toys for Tots events this year.

Although it was the first event that the organization has held at the Seattle Premium Outlets mall, Butler said that it was going well.

"This will not be the last time because it's going so amazingly well," she said.

Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marine Corps and the local Snohomish County branch distributed toys to thousands of families last year, said Butler.

"We're the only charity that is licensed under the Armed Forces and able to do these kinds of things," she said.

The organization was originally started to benefit veterans.

"Back in 1948 the Marine Corps saw a need to give back to veterans who came back from the war. There were a lot of families that weren't able to have Christmas," said Butler.

"When they were able to take such good care of their own, the government said 'well, we don't want this to stop, we want this to expand,'" she said.

Now Toys for Tots serves the community in general.

"If anybody needs any help or is looking to support Toys for Tots, just go on our website and find the county they reside in and we will be available," said Butler.

The Toys for Tots website is at toysfortots.org.

 

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