Mericle Real Estate completes annual Toys for Tots campaign

Cartons of toys and bicycles collected during Mericle’s Toys for Tots Campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve - Submitted photos
fMericle employees joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps to support the local Toys for Tots chapter. From left, are Ted Sawka, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; GySgt. Louis Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps; Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. - Submitted photos
Mericle employees donate to Toys for Tots campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. From left, are Lynn Duszak, Barbara Simpson, Jim Kean, Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail. - Submitted photos

WILKES-BARRE — More than 77 locations participated in this year’s Mericle + Marine Corps Toys for Tots Challenge, organized by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots campaign.

For 20 years, Mericle has donated warehouse space to the Toys for Tots campaign. In 2013, Mericle heard the Marine Corps when it said it needed more toys to meet the growing demand for holiday gifts for disadvantaged families throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mericle invited its tenants to help by collecting toys and other gifts at their places of business.

Since then, the Mericle + Marine Corps Toys for Tots Challenge has grown from participation by 16 tenants, contributing 17 cartons of toys to this year’s record of 77 participating locations filling 137 cartons.

In addition to coordinating the Toys for Tots toy drive, Mericle also hosted the Semper Fly Dodgeball Tournament at Sky Zone in Pittston Township in November.

More than 100 members of the Marine Corps and employees of Mericle and its tenants participated in the annual event to raise money and awareness for Toys for Tots.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit organization authorized by the United States Marine Corps to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season.

For more information, visit toysfortots.org.

Cartons of toys and bicycles collected during Mericle’s Toys for Tots Campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Toys-for-Tots-1.jpgCartons of toys and bicycles collected during Mericle’s Toys for Tots Campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Submitted photos

fMericle employees joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps to support the local Toys for Tots chapter. From left, are Ted Sawka, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; GySgt. Louis Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps; Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Toys-for-Tots-2.jpgfMericle employees joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps to support the local Toys for Tots chapter. From left, are Ted Sawka, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; GySgt. Louis Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps; Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. Submitted photos

Mericle employees donate to Toys for Tots campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. From left, are Lynn Duszak, Barbara Simpson, Jim Kean, Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Toys-for-Tots-3.jpgMericle employees donate to Toys for Tots campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. From left, are Lynn Duszak, Barbara Simpson, Jim Kean, Emily Courtois and Kerri Frail. Submitted photos