U.S. Marines, Femco, Community Action prepare for big Toys for Tots effort

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A room at Femco Machine Inc. is almost chock-full of toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and if the company and the U.S. Marine Corps has their way, more rooms in the plant will be overflowing in coming weeks.

Monday, at Femco Machine Inc., Route 536, Young Township; Sgt. Jerry Huffman and Sgt. Shawn Kyler, representing the U.S. Marine Corps from Ebensburg; and Janeen Love of Community Action Inc. officially kicked off this area’s Toys for Tots campaign.

According to Community Action Inc., “A new toy for a needy child sends the message someone cares, and they have not been forgotten.”

Thom Pratt, marketing associate for Femco Machine Inc., said the company has taken a huge leap into the Toys for Tots program this year through its new CEO/President Dan Rondeau, whom Pratt described as having “a soft spot” for Toys for Tots.

While those who wish to contribute a toy are welcome to do so via many of the distribution boxes throughout Jefferson County, this year, Femco Machine Inc. asks the community to bring toys to this year’s Home for the Holidays parade, for which the company is a Gold sponsor.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, downtown.

Femco Machine Inc.’s service truck will actually serve as Santa Claus’ transportation into Punxsy this year, with Femco employees walking alongside the truck to collect toys from those lining the streets.

“If we could have just a faction of the population bring a $5 toy to the parade, it would be a huge collection,” Pratt said.

Also, there will likely be a designated drop-off location somewhere near the end of the parade route, he said.

Drop-off sites for those who would like to donate toys to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign are at the following locations in Jefferson County:

Femco Machine Inc. (main drop-off site in the county); Jefferson County Housing Authority; Dollar General; Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
Punxsy Senior Center; Punxsutawney Eagles; Playhouse Children’s Center; County Market; First Commonwealth Bank; Wal-Mart.
The Punxsutawney Spirit; Advance Auto Parts; Rumors; American Legion.
The Foundry, Dollar Store.
The Brockwayville Depot, Dollar General.
Northwest Savings Bank, Sykesville Eagles, American Legion.
Ace Hardware; Brookville Chevrolet; Buffs Ice Cream; Christian Book Store; Dollar General; DZ Kids (Nicole); Family Dollar (Beth).
Forest Way; Fox’s Pizza; Jefferson Manor; Kelly Chrysler; Brookville Eagles; Matson Insurance (Becky); McCabe’s; Means & Lauf.
Miller Welding; Plyler’s (Mindy); Mike’s Comet (Jeff); Brookville YMCA (Tina); Rebecca M. Arthurs Library; Heritage House.
 Registration for participation for this year is complete, but those who wish to participate can still register by calling Community Action Inc., 814-938-3302, ext. 236.
 FEMCO is the official drop-off location. However, Community Action Inc. is the local coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.