Unions collect for Toys for Tots

EVERETT — United Way of Snohomish County and several labor unions have donated to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots warehouse in Everett.

The volunteers brought in about $1,500 in toys and supplies. They also helped sort donations and pick up toys from various drop-off locations around the county.

United Way also is helping two families by providing them with Christmas trees and ornaments.

One family, with twin preschoolers, was displaced by the Nov. 8 apartment fire on Hewitt Avenue. Another includes a Vietnam veteran with three young children. Toys for Tots planned to deliver presents, but United Way learned there was no place to put the gifts, said spokesman Neil Parekh.

Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, said one of its goals is to make communities better places to live.

“By helping out with Toys for Tots, our volunteers are making the holidays a little merrier for some Snohomish County families, and we’re proud to partner with the United Way and the Marines for this event,” Wroblewski said.

About 40 volunteers from the machinists union were joined by volunteers from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1576, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 89 and other unions affiliated with the Snohomish County Labor Council.

Toys for Tots continues to accept toy donations until Friday.

For more information, call Mary Butler at 425-344-0359.

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