For the ninth year in a row, Stater Bros. has helped to spread cheer through the local Toys for Tots program. Stater Bros. Charities, the charitable arm of Stater Bros. Markets, presented a $53,624 check to representatives from the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program earlier this week. This year’s check was more than double the amount donated by Stater Bros. Charities to the organization in prior years.
With toy requests being at an all-time high, Stater Bros. Charities says it wanted to help meet the needs of Southern California children. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps attended the check presentation ceremony at the Stater Bros.’ corporate offices in San Bernardino.
The Marine Corps will use this donation to purchase thousands of toys. These toys will be distributed to community-based organizations in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and these organizations will donate the toys to local children and families who are in need this holiday season.
“The Stater Bros. family believes in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Jack H. Brown, chairman of the board and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets. “We are very proud to provide extra funding to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program this year so that many more children will have their holiday wishes come true.”
The donation was made possible through a partnership between Stater Bros. Charities, Stater Bros. Markets, manufacturers of Stater Bros. brand products and five national brand manufacturers: Church & Dwight, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Nestle and PepsiCo. Stater Bros.’ customers support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program every time they purchase select Stater Bros. brand or national brand products.
In the feature photo at top: Stater Bros. President and COO Pete Van Helden, center, and others from Stater Bros.’ corporate offices present a check from Stater Bros. Charities to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Accepting the check are USMC Gunnery Sgt. Kian Adyani, left, and USMC Capt. Michael Gocke.