Marines pulling out of Toys for Tots program - WNEM TV 5

Marines pulling out of local Toys for Tots program

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

This year's Toys for Tots drive in Saginaw could be the last.

The Saginaw Marine Corps Reserve is closing its Reserve Training Center after years of running the drive. 

According to their website, since they are moving, they will no longer be conducting Toys for Tots.

In a release, the Marines stated "This will be the last year that the Marines will be here in Saginaw conducting Toys for Tots. Unfortunately, we are having to close our Reserve Center.  We also will not be able to support Midland for Toys for Tots this year, we are at a distinct manpower shortage this year." 

At one time, the Marines had 10 active-duty personnel working out of Saginaw; they are now down to six. Also at one time, 148 reservists reported to Saginaw; now they have all been reassigned to other Michigan facilities. All the movement is part of an overall reorganization of the Marine Corp Reserve, with an emphasis for the Reserved to concentrate on civilian affairs, intelligence and law enforcement.

The Reserve Center is operated by the Navy, and they are staying in Saginaw at the center on Douglas Street, in the southeast side of the city of Saginaw, near Wickes Park.

The move doesn't threaten boys and girls receiving gifts this 2012 Christmas season.

Anyone interested in donating a toy or two at a drop-off location can contact the Marines at 989-754-1442. WNEM TV5 is also a drop-off location, we are at 107 N. Franklin in Saginaw. The toys are for children up to the age of 12.

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