Donate Friday and give twice the toys

The 13th annual Toy Bus tour continues its trek across northern Michigan.

The bus is parked in the Burger King parking lot near Meijer in Traverse City all day Friday. When you make a donation Friday you are giving twice the toys because Meijer will match any donation purchased from its store. Last year Meijer donated $10,000 to the Toys For Tots campaign.

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Toys are distributed through every major human service agency in the region including; The Father Fred Foundation, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Benzie and Leelanau Family Independent Agencies, KAIR in Kalkaska, Mancelona Family Resource Center and the Northwest Michigan Child Guidance Center.

Last year the campaign collected and distributed 25,000 toys to more than 8,000 children and organizers say the need is even greater this year. Cash donations can be made to the local campaign through the national organization's website at

. A list of drop off locations and a complete list of toy distribution agencies are also on the website.

The local campaign will wrap up on December 17th.

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