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Fareway Donates $319K Through Toys For Tots Campaign

From left to right: Jacob Dougherty, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant; Jeff Stearns, Fareway SVP of marketing and advertising; and Emily Toribio, Fareway director of corporate outreach and communications.

Boone, Iowa-based Fareway recently presented a check for more than $319,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps for its Toys for Tots campaign.

In addition, more than 75 pallets of toys were collected and donated. Monetary and toy donations were accepted at all Fareway store locations from Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

“Our generous customers continue to go above and beyond to make the annual Toys for Tots campaign a success,” said Jeff Stearns, Fareway SVP of marketing and advertising. “We are so appreciative of their generosity and the partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, a 29-year relationship of making seasons bright for thousands of children.”

In 2022, the U.S. Marine Corp reports that 55,000 children were served, more than 161,210 toys, books and stocking stuffers were distributed and campaign proceeds totaled more than $633,000.

“Toys for Tots distributes toys and books to millions of less fortunate children each year. We wouldn’t be able to reach so many children were it not for the help received from our corporate partners like Fareway. Their community service goals certainly align with those the Marine Corps has promoted for over seven decades through our Toys for Tots Program,” said Ted “Migs” Silvester, U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation VP of marketing and development. 

“With Fareway’s generous support, Toys for Tots will be able to fulfill the holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children year-after-year who otherwise might be forgotten.”

A record-breaking year nationally, in 2022, the U.S. Marines and volunteers distributed more than 23 million toys to 10 million children in-need.

Fareway Stores is a Midwest grocery company, operating 133 stores in a seven-state region. It is a family-owned business, has been recognized as a top 10 employer in Iowa and has more than 12,000 employees.

For more information, visit fareway.com.

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