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Panthers, Marines join forces to hold holiday toy drive

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Help the Carolina Panthers and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation deliver the magic of the holidays to more than 35,000 less fortunate children across the Carolinas with their annual toy collection.

Fans can contribute to Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Panthers game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 1 or versus the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 15. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be at each gate when Bank of America Stadium opens to collect the toys. Fans can also visit the local Toys for Tots website through Dec. 13 to sponsor a toy for a less fortunate child in the community.

"Panthers fans have a remarkable history of supporting the Toys for Tots program and typically generate one of the top collection efforts in the NFL," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "This holiday season will again be challenging for many families in the Carolinas, so this is a great opportunity for Panthers fans to bring holiday joy to children and provide the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with the resources to serve children across the region."

Since 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has delivered a message of hope to underprivileged children throughout the United States with the gift of a new toy during the holiday season. Last year, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children nationwide. With 15 million children currently living in poverty in the United States, the need for Toys for Tots is greater than ever.

"We are thankful to the owners, players and fans of the Carolina Panthers for their support of Toys for Tots," said Lt. General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), president and chief executive officer of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "The efforts of Panthers fans will enable Toys for Tots to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of less fortunate children throughout North and South Carolina."