8th District Heartland Public Affairs
December 14, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs
Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Heartland
Office: (618) 225-9008
Coast Guard MSU Pittsburgh volunteers on behalf of Salvation Army
PITTSBURGH — The Coast Guard delivered toys to children in need this Christmas on behalf of the Salvation Army, Monday, in the Pittsburgh area.
Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Enlisted Association Steel City Branch at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh participated in the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children program, which provides hope and Christmas joy to individuals and families in need by having shoppers volunteer to go to stores where TFC tags are located and return the tag with a gift.
Fifteen Coast Guardsmen spent three days picking up toys and gifts at multiple locations throughout the western Pennsylvania region. They then loaded them onto trucks and delivered them to drop-off points within the area.
Coast Guard volunteers collected more than 30,000 toys from more than 200 businesses that participated in TFC.
"Coast Guard men and women live and work among the public that they serve and understand the unique needs of each community," said Cmdr. Lindsay Weaver-Marcenelle, the commanding officer of MSU Pittsburgh. "Whether it's volunteering for an outreach program such as the TFC, or providing maritime safety education for the winter boating season, the Coast Guard is committed to serving and remaining a part of the fabric of the western Pennsylvania community."
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