Tots for Toys drive a success |

Tots for Toys drive a success

The annual U.S. Corps Reserve Toys Tots Christmas Drive wants to thank all the kind people who generously contributed toys and funds this year to make a happy Christmas for many needy children in the upper Roaring Fork Valley.

Our major sponsors were the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 and the Lions Club of Basalt. The Episcopal Church of Aspen, Basalt Community United Methodist Church and Basalt Family Resource Center identified and assisted the Marine Corps Reserve in presenting the toys to the children. Special thanks to Reverend Marie Gasau, Tamara Johnson and Kerry Ach for all your love and hard work.

We want to thank the following organizations and businesses for allowing us to place toy collection boxes on their premises:

Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Police Department; Aspen Fire Department; Snowmass Village Fire Department; Camp Chip A Tooth, Basalt; Big 0 Tires; FedEx; Bucky’s Place Rotisserie; Midland Avenue Depot; Thomasville Fire Station and Basalt High School.

Radio stations KSNO, KAJX and KDNK kindly promoted Toys for Tots on the local airwaves. Special thanks go to Aspen Moving and Storage for providing the toy collection boxes and Wal-Mart, Glenwood for wrapping paper. Scott Levine, Roger Smith, Marines Howie Berg and Don Stuber kept the momentum going.

Thanks to Bucky for the Toys for Tots Benefit Breakfast you sponsored at Bucky’s Place Rotisserie on Dec. 20, the day of toy distribution. Lacey Snyder and Gus Berg, youth of our community, generously donated their time and resources. Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson allowed us to use Fire Station 42 for toy storage and sorting.

It was most reassuring to know that our community responded in such a kind, generous and caring manner for the less fortunate children of our valley. The Marine Corps Reserve says “Thanks to All.”

Lt. Col. Dick Merritt

U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)



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