Meijer donates $2,500 to FiveCAP’s Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens

December 16, 2018

Ludington Meijer is again playing Santa to hundreds of children in Mason and Manistee counties whose families are struggling financially by donating $2,500 to FiveCAP for the agency’s Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program.

Meijer has been a perennial contributor to the local Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens efforts, contributing monetary grants each year that FiveCAP uses to purchase items that supplement the toys and gifts donated by individuals or collected by groups in the area.

The donation was made Friday, according to a press release.

“The continued support of Meijer means a lot to us,” said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary L. Trucks. “Their generosity in giving to the community, especially this time of year, is very heartwarming. We can brighten a lot of Christmases with $2,500.”

Trucks said FiveCAP staff and volunteers had a wonderful time spending the grant, filling dozens of carts with toys and gifts in preparation for the upcoming distribution on Dec. 19 and 20.

“The staff at our local Meijer are always so helpful and kind. They clearly take great joy in the project, even helping advise on what the most popular gifts of the season are,” said Trucks. “One of the cashiers is dedicated to efficiently helping us check out, while other staff members help us load hundreds of presents from dozens of carts into our vans. And they do all of this with a lot of cheer and many kind words. We can’t say enough about how much the Meijer donation means to us.

“Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens serves families with children ages 0 to 18,” Trucks added. “That’s a really wide range to provide for, and each year we end up with more donations for certain age groups and less for others.

The Meijer grant and cash contributions from local individuals and businesses are used to fill in those gaps so we can ensure that every family that signs up will have a choice of wonderful gifts their children will love.

“The generosity shown this time of year is amazing,” Trucks said. “To see a company like Meijer make such a large contribution to help families in the area is truly inspiring.”

For more information about Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens, contact FiveCAP, Inc. at 231-757-3785.

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