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Why Kaspien Partnered with Toys for Tots

Heather Eastman
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This past holiday season, Kaspien decided to partner with the U.S. Marines to help make a positive impact in its hometown of Spokane, WA by ensuring that local children in need received gifts for Christmas. 

Giving More Than Just Toys 

Every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December to distribute as Christmas gifts to children in need in the community. Beyond giving children the simple joy of a new present to open on Christmas Day, Toys for Tots helps spread a message of hope. The goal is to inspire everyone to become more responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.  

The Impact of Covid 

As has been the case for so many charitable organizations, the ongoing Covid pandemic has caused donations for this renowned program to plummet over the past few years. For this reason, Kaspien saw a real opportunity to give back to local families by addressing a pressing need for additional donations in the 2021 holiday season. Since Toys for Tots ensures all donations stay within the community, the gifts brought in by employees were guaranteed to have a direct impact on our Spokane community.  

A Truckload of Support 

No one knew what the outcome of this partnership would be, and for this particular season of giving, Kaspien’s Private Label team stepped up in a very big way. They donated over 1,000 toys to Toys for Tots, creating a literal truckload of gifts for Spokane’s less fortunate children! The donations were so staggering that Kaspien’s warehouse team was called in to assist with a trailer pick-up (see photo). Kaspien employees also contributed over $500 in additional monetary donations.  

Through the simple act of giving, Kaspien and its employees were able to support and inspire some of the most vulnerable members of our community, giving hundreds of local children the chance to experience the joy of Christmas.  

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