Pittsburgh-based Coast Guardsmen aid Salvation Army in Treasures for Children

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PITTSBURGH – Members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh continued an annual holiday tradition and assisted with the 2013 Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children event.

Fifteen Coast Guard men and women from MSU Pittsburgh volunteered Dec. 9, 10 and 11 and made stops at multiple businesses to collect donated toys they received from the public. The gathered toys were then taken to a central location for distribution to children in the Pittsburgh region this holiday season.

“Each year, we look forward to this event to lend our assistance with community service that is so meaningful to our youth here in Pittsburgh,” said Cmdr. Lindsay Weaver, commanding officer, MSU Pittsburgh. “Although the total count of toys collected is still being finalized, the record number of stops made is noteworthy. The volume of toys collected indicates that children in the Pittsburgh community will greatly benefit from the Salvation Army Treasures for Children program and the volunteer work of MSU Pittsburgh.”

Through their efforts, Coast Guard members provided 209 volunteer hours and made more than 170 stops at local businesses to collect toys.

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