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Ohio Marines host 5K to kick off Toys for Tots season

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | 4th Marine Corps District | October 01, 2013

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Marines of Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453 hosted a Toys for Tots 5K run at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. Top finishers in the event received a race medal, and all participants received a commemorative t-shirt. The Toys for Tots program, which began in 1947 by the Marine Corps Reserve, donates Christmas gifts to children who may not otherwise receive any. Marines from the area, to include Permanent Contact Station Warren, were on hand to help out with the charitable event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released)

Marines of Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453 hosted a Toys for Tots 5K run at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. Top finishers in the event received a race medal, and all participants received a commemorative t-shirt. The Toys for Tots program, which began in 1947 by the Marine Corps Reserve, donates Christmas gifts to children who may not otherwise receive any. Marines from the area, to include Permanent Contact Station Warren, were on hand to help out with the charitable event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Timothy Stewman)


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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jesse Sherman of Bainbridge, N.Y., and GySgt. Joseph Zufelt from Victorville, Calif., both with Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453, help runners register for the 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K run held at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. The 5K raised money for the Toys for Tots program which helps communities by giving toys to children on Christmas who may not have any other means to get one. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jesse Sherman of Bainbridge, N.Y., and GySgt. Joseph Zufelt from Victorville, Calif., both with Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453, help runners register for the 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K run held at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. The 5K raised money for the Toys for Tots program which helps communities by giving toys to children on Christmas who may not have any other means to get one. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Timothy Stewman)


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Runners at the starting line await the signal to begin the 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K run at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. The event, hosted by the Marines of Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453, is their official kick-off for the Toys for Tots donation season, which runs from October through Christmas. The Marines have approximately 300 donation boxes set up locally throughout Trumball and Mahoning Counties in support of the program that has been run by the Marine Corps Reserves since 1947. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released)

Runners at the starting line await the signal to begin the 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K run at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2013. The event, hosted by the Marines of Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453, is their official kick-off for the Toys for Tots donation season, which runs from October through Christmas. The Marines have approximately 300 donation boxes set up locally throughout Trumball and Mahoning Counties in support of the program that has been run by the Marine Corps Reserves since 1947. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. T.M. Stewman/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Timothy Stewman)


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Cortland, Ohio -- Marines from Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453 held their 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K race at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29.

“This race is our kickoff to the Toys for Tots donation season,” said Sgt. Modesto Montano, Supply Chief from Livingston, Calif. and Toys for Tots coordinator for CLB 453., which is based out of Vienna, Ohio.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marines Corps Reserves that donates toys to underprivileged children throughout the United States. This program has been providing Christmas gifts for unfortunate youths since 1947.

The race brought on 32 runners and over 50 spectators, in an event that brings the Marines and the community together for a good cause.

“This is something that we should have been doing for many many years. We should be out here supporting the military and the things that they are doing,” said Steve Belcher, Park Board Chairman in the city of Cortland. “It’s a great way to connect with our military. We hear about what our military has going on in the news and stuff, but I think we tend to forget that these men and women are in our communities and are a part of us. What better way to unite with our local Marines than in support of Toys for Tots.”

Marines from Recruiting Station Cleveland were also there to ensure that the event made an impact on the community and helped those intended to benefit from the program.

“It’s what Marines do,” said Sgt. Todd Schuller, recruiter from Permanent Contact Station Warren and Youngstown, Ohio native. “Having once been a reservist myself, I know the Toys for Tots very well and can definitely see the good behind it. I have a very good working relationship with the Marines out here, so anything I can do to help with this, I’ll do it.”

This year, registered runners received a commemorative shirt and top finishers in four divisions received medals.

“It is my hope that when we do this again next year, we will have well over a thousand runners and even more spectators,” said Belcher. “It’s about the kids and supporting our military. We should all be involved.”

The donation season for Toys for Tots runs from October through Christmas each year. The Marines have approximately 300 boxes for donations in both Trumball and Mahoning Counties.


For more information about how and where to donate, please visit the website at www.toysfortots.org.
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