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Families to receive Toys for Tots

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio’s oil and gas industry is partnering with Toys for Tots in six counties in southeast Ohio to collect toys for distribution to those in need in early December.

This program, with roots dating back to 1947, has helped countless families over the years. This year, as in the past, the industry has joined in to help.

Those who wish to sign up to receive toys need to register online at www.toysfortots.org. Click on the “Request a Toy” section at the top and follow the prompts. Forms must be submitted by Monday to be included in the program this year. For any other questions, contact Deb Oberlin at ohtoysfortots@gmail.com or 330-418-2330. Visit the Ohio Toys for Tots Facebook page if you have submitted a toy request but have not been contacted to confirm your pickup day, time and location.

“While Christmas is the best day of the year for some of us, unfortunately for far too many it is not, and it reminds them that perhaps they don’t have anyone to spend the day with or find it hard to deliver on a promise to their children for that special toy,” said Mike Chadsey, deputy coordinator for Toys for Tots and spokesman for the Ohio Oil & Gas Association. “That is what makes this effort so special for those of us who work in this great industry, because we believe to whom much is given, much is expected. Not only is this our pleasure, but we believe it’s also our responsibility.”

“I have enjoyed partnering with Ohio’s oil and gas industry these last six years because these companies and their people have giving hearts and have been an equal partner with the foundation and we could not do what we do without them,” said Toys for Tots Coordinator Deb Oberlin.

Following are the participating counties with distribution dates and hosts for the 2019 program:

∫ Belmont County –3-6 p.m. Dec. 9, Ebbert Farm Market, 68101 Ebbert N. Road, St Clairsville. Hosted by EQT Corp.

∫ Harrison County — 3-6 p.m. Dec. 10, Sally Buffalo Lodge, 43000 Industrial Park Road, Cadiz. Hosted by Williams.

∫ Jefferson County — 3-6 p.m. Dec. 11, Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. Hosted by Ascent Resources.

∫ Carroll County — 3-6 p.m. Dec. 12, Carroll Hills School, 2167 Kensington Road NE, Carrollton. Hosted by Carroll County Energy.

∫ Monroe County — 3-6 p.m. Dec. 13, First United Methodist Church, 136 N. Main St., Woodsfield. Hosted by Equinor.

∫ Columbiana County — noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Columbiana Ford, 14851 South Ave., Columbiana. Hosted by Columbiana Ford.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 2,000 members involved in the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit www.ooga.org.

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