Grand Haven Coast Guardsmen to support Marine Corps Toys for Tots event

Toys for Tots LogoGRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Field Office Grand Haven and Coast Guard Electronic Support Detachment Grand Haven are scheduled support the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign, beginning Friday at noon.

Uniformed Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel will accept unwrapped new toys in the Starbucks parking lot on the corner of US-31 and Jackson Street Friday afternoon from noon until 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Grand Haven Coast Guard personnel are treated like family by the citizens of the tri-cities area,” said Lt. Ben Russell, executive officer of Sector Field Office Grand Haven. “By supporting the Marine Corps’ storied community service campaign, we hope to build momentum for the event in order to provide local, less fortunate children with toys and hopefully deliver some joy during the holidays.”

Leading the event is the Grand Haven Chief Petty Officers Association, a Coast Guard group composed of local, active-duty, reserve and retired chief petty officers whose mission is to support citizens and military members of the local community through outreach and volunteer efforts.

“As Coast Guard chief petty officers, we do our best to demonstrate to junior Coast Guard members the value of community outreach initiatives,” said Chief Petty Officer Thomas Hemminger, of Sector Field Office Grand Haven. “We are truly honored the Marine Corps has accepted our assistance with their great cause.”

For further information, contact Sector Field Office Grand Haven at 616-850-2501.

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