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Monday, November 10, 2008

Do something good for a change: Toys For Tots

Tom O'Brien hopes this year's Toys For Tots drive will surpass last's.

There's not often an opportunity for this blog to serve some good. Most often it's an assault on your logical and grammatical sensibilities.

But I figure if one more person remembers to bring a toy or two to the Wake Forest game to donate to Toys For Tots, then it's done a small measure of good.

Remember, if you plan to bring a toy this Saturday:
  • take it to the area in front of the RBC Center prior to kickoff
  • it must be a new, unwrapped toy
  • cash donations will be accepted at the toy dropoff location, as well as at all entry points to Carter Finley stadium

In O'Brien's first year as coach he helped motivate Wolfpack fans to donate a tremendous amount of toys and cash. But he's hoping for even more participation this year:
Last year, Coca-Cola donated $14,500, fans brought 1,400 new, unwrapped presents during a single-day toy drive and Harris Teeter collected hundreds of additional toys in donation boxes at select Triangle stores. With other cash gifts and in-kind donations collected at last year's NC State-UNC football game, the total amount raised approached $50,000.

That went a long way in helping area Marines to distribute some 75,000 toys in the nine-county Triangle region alone, a double-digit percentage increase from the previous year.

But that was just the first effort and O'Brien is looking for the program to grow more this year.

“Last year, even as we worked extremely hard to get out the message for fans to bring what they could, some fans still didn’t realize the drive was going on,” O’Brien said. “We started talking about it about a week ago on my radio show, and I think people know to look for it now.

“If we can double our efforts from last year that would be fantastic.”

So help get the word out folks, even if you can't attend the game this weekend. Any and every bit helps.

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