Tag Archives: Toys For Tots

Whitehall rallies, saves Toys for Tots

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By Matthew Saari In the face of obstacles caused by corporate America, nearly every organization in Whitehall is coming together this holiday season to ensure that less fortunate children have a Merry Christmas. Members of the Whitehall Police Department, Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and Whitehall Elks Lodge 1491, along with Good Samaritans from the community, […]

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Amtrak derails Toys for Tots tradition

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By Matthew Saari One of Whitehall’s most cherished holiday traditions may be at an end. Amtrak announced last week that its train will not be hauling Santa Claus, U.S. Marines and bags full of toys for children this year as a part of the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots program due to new guidelines the […]

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Toys train delivers smiles

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By Matthew Saari Nearly 300 children had their Christmas brightened more than a little Sunday morning when the 2017 Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Amtrak Norfolk Southern Holiday Train pulled into the Whitehall Amtrak station, with much fanfare. “Just the train itself is a nice thing to witness,” said American Legion adjutant Jim Lafayette. “With […]

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Toys for Tots helps 207 kids

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By Dan King Many children – 207 in all – had their holidays made a little brighter Sunday when the 2015 Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Amtrak Norfolk Southern Holiday Train rolled into Whitehall. “It’s the people’s train,” said Gunnery Sgt. Albert Roman, Jr., director of the Capital Region Toys for Tots. “This is a […]

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Toys for Tots comes to town Sunday

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By Dan King One of the holiday season’s most popular Whitehall traditions will take place this Sunday. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Train will roll into the Amtrak station at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, in front of what will most likely be a packed crowd. “We want as many people as we […]

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New system, all smiles: Toys for Tots delivers toys for 164 children

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The train may have been late, but that didn’t stop Christmas from arriving early for about 160 local children. A year after organizers were left scrambling to find toys for everyone, Sunday’s Toys for Tots event went off without a hitch. “It was a much nicer system,” said Jim Lafayette, the local coordinator for the […]

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Toys for Tots facing uncertain year

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A charitable endeavor that provided more than 200 children with gifts last December is facing an uncertain future. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve which has for years delivered toys to children in need is no longer participating in the Toys for Tots program because of budget cuts and increased combat deployments. And while the program […]

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Toys for Tots a roaring success

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Three local organizations got a big jump on their Christmas shopping this weekend as they came together to raise a couple of thousand dollars for a local charity that provides toys to underserved children during the holidays. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 83, the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, and McDermott’s Harley Davidson organized the […]

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Record turnout for Toys for Tots: Volunteers sent scurrying for more toys

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Jim Lafayette is always prepared for a few extra kids when the Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin Donuts Toys for Tots Train pulls into town, but even he was unprepared for what he saw on Sunday. As families began to arrive at the Amtrak Station on Sunday morning, Lafayette realized that his projection of 160 kids […]

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Toys for Tots deadline Nov. 22

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  The Marine Corps Reserve Dunkin’ Donuts Toys For Tots train won’t arrive in Whitehall until Sunday, Dec. 4, but families which want to register their children for toys must do it by Tuesday, Nov. 22. Organized nationally by the  Reserve and locally by the American Legion and the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company, the program […]

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Obituary: John P. Pacyna

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John Paul Pacyna, 81, of Poultney, Vermont, died on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was […]

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Obituary: John “Sonny” Greenwood, Jr.

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Whitehall-John “Sonny” Greenwood, Jr. 86, passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2019, at his home on County Route 10, Whitehall […]

518 Wheels – 02/21/19

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Obituary: Kenneth J. McKee

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Kenneth J. McKee (Beefer), went into the arms of the Lord on February 11, 2019. He died unexpectedly at his […]

Obituary: John R. Sparano Sr.

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John R. Sparano Sr., 87, a lifelong resident of Whitehall, passed away into the arms of the Lord Friday, Feb. […]

North Country Freepress – 02/15/19

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Obituary: James P. Marra Jr.

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Granville, NY – James Patrick Marra, Jr passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Glens Falls Hospital with his […]

Obituary: Ludrick “Louie” E. Fabian Jr.

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Granville, NY – Ludrick “Louie” E. Fabian Jr. passed away of a broken heart at his home on February 6, […]

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