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December 10, 2012

Holiday train powered by volunteers

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There were 70 volunteers aboard the train with him Saturday, not including the 45 Becker left behind in Schenectady. Nevertheless, he said he could always use more – especially in Oneonta.

“I’m trying to get someone to be a coordinator in this area for Toys for Tots,” Becker explained. “We’re only hitting a small portion. There’s a lot more out there that are probably hurting that would love to have a gift.”

The Toys for Tots train only stops for 20 minutes each year in Oneonta to a relatively small crowd, but spends about an hour in places like Cobleskill, where it attracts hundreds, Becker said.

Anyone who is interested in coordinating the Toys for Tots program in Oneonta should go to toysfortots.org to start the process of becoming a volunteer. Dunkin’ Donuts would also like to hear from franchisees in the area who are interested in participating in the event.

Becker has spent $70,000 on toys so far this year, but he says he’s going to have to spend more in order to fulfill the wishes of the 125,000 kids that he intends to serve.

To make a donation, send a check to Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 3456, Schenectady, NY 12303. 

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