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Goodyear and the marines collect toys for tots

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the United States Marine Corps Reserve will conduct their third annual joint maneuver to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation at Goodyear's blimp base in Suffield, Ohio.

The three-day event will begin Nov. 30 and end Dec. 2.

Goodyear and the Marines will build on the success of the first two drive-through events in 2010 and 2011. Those efforts saw a combined 4,942 vehicles drop off 12,534 toys and collect $16,343 at the Ohio base. All cash and toys go to the Toys for Tots program.

“These have been incredibly joyous experiences for us at Airship Operations,” says Nancy Ray, Goodyear’s director of Global Airship Operations. “This year, working with the Marines and Navy personnel is especially significant as Goodyear was recently named a top 100 Military Friendly employer by 'G.I. Jobs Magazine.'”

Open to drive through vehicle traffic only, the 800 foot-long hangar will be filled with holiday music and decorated in the holiday spirit as Santa waves from the "Santa Claus Express" blimp’s gondola to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. A contingent of Marines in dress blues will be on duty to collect and organize the toys for distribution to needy children in the area.

“The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program realized a tremendous collection result at this event in 2010 that was more than doubled in 2011,” says Marine Sgt. Ryan Johnson, a Toys for Tots coordinator. “We are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2012.”

The public is not permitted to park vehicles or walk inside the hangar and grounds. Hangar hours are as follows:

1. Friday, Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

2. Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Sunday, Dec. 2, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There is no charge, and a donation is not required to drive through and enjoy the scene. The Goodyear blimp hangar is located in Suffield Township at 841 Wingfoot Lake Rd., Mogadore, OH 44260.

In 2011, Goodyear blimp bases in Florida and California conducted similar Toys for Tots operations.

For 2012, the Carson, Calif., location will be collecting on Dec. 15-16 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (The Pompano Beach, Fla., base will be unavailable this year while undergoing renovations.)

For additional details, visit You also can call the Ohio base at (330) 796-8151 or the California base at (310) 327-6565.

To read more about the Toys for Tots event, click "Getting into the holiday Spirit."

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