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Bank opens its doors to 'Tots' program

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

First National Bank & Trust is handling more than checks and cash as they open their lobbies throughout the state for collection sites of the U. S. Marines' Toys for Tots Program.

"This is a program that is near and dear to my heart," said Walter Wolff, bank president and former Marine. "Being an active participant with the program for many years, I have seen the direct benefits of the Toys for Tots program to the children within the community." First National Bank & Trust invites the public to bring new, unwrapped gifts to the collection sites from now through Dec. 12th.

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked during the Christmas holiday season. Its gifts offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. During the one season a child would rather be remembered with a gift than anything else in the world, we believe Toys for Tots makes a genuine contribution. Many of the gifts we provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to educational, as well as social and recreational interests of these children. It is of immense assistance to parents who are unable to provide needed gifts for their children.

Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate America plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a program that brings all elements of a community together in a common cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of one of our nations most valuable natural resources - our children. Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope to children who have little reason to have hope for the future. The shiny new toy at Christmas lets these youngsters know that someone cares. The goal is to motivate economically disadvantaged children to grow into responsible, productive and patriotic citizens and community leaders. The good news is that Marines have been accomplishing this goal for 55 years and are preparing to carry this tradition forward during this 56th year.

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