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2013 USMC Toys for Tots Train

On Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8 and Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, special trains will run in Northern New Jersey to collect donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Along the route, the train will stop at more than 15 locations where members of the public can drop off toys, board the train caboose to see Santa Claus, experience a variety of working railroad equipment, and meet members of the Marine Corps and Operation Toy Train. The train will also be on display at Kuiken Brothers Lumber Co., 33 Rt 10 Eastbound, Roxbury, NJ on Sunday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click on "Train Schedule" above to see where you can meet the train.

Four railroads are loaning engines, rolling stock, and use of their tracks to Operation Toy Train. They are the Morristown & Erie, New York, Susquehanna & Western, Norfolk Southern, and New Jersey Transit. In addition to the railroads, volunteers from the Volunteer Railroaders Association and Military Transport Association will be helping with the operation. Click on "Sponsors" above to learn more about these organizations.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at various collection points along the route in October, November, and the first week of December. At each stop, one or more businesses or organizations has a large collection box. Click on "Toy Drop-Off" above to see the closest drop off point for you.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted. To learn more about the program in New Jersey, click on "Toys for Tots-NJ."
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