Panthers to hold toy collection

Help the Carolina Panthers and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 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 the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Panthers game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Bank of America Stadium. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be at each gate when the stadium opens at 11 a.m. to collect the toys. Fans can also visit http://www.toysfortots.org/touchdown through Dec. 24 to sponsor a toy for a child.

"This holiday season is going to be particularly challenging for many families in the Carolinas. Panthers fans have always provided a significant boost to the Toys for Tots program, which helps the Marine Corps Reserves bring holiday joy to children across our region," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations.

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. For many children, Toys for Tots is their only source of help. Last year, Marines distributed 16.7 million toys to more than 7.2 million children nationwide. With 16 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 General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), and 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."

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