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December 20, 2011 > Two VTA buses stuffed with 5,300 Toys

Two VTA buses stuffed with 5,300 Toys

Submitted By Brandi Childress

On Saturday, December 10, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) partnered with the United States Marine Corps for the annual Toys for Tots Drive. This year's "Stuff the VTA Bus" event featured an awe-inspiring turnout from the community, resulting in a total of 5,300 toys and $600 in cash donations! The VTA hybrid bus staged near Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose was filled to capacity by 1 p.m., just five short hours after the event began. To top that, a second VTA bus was provided and by the event's end at 5 p.m. the bus was filled three-quarters of the way full.

"Thanks to the local support from our amazing community, thousands of toys are just waiting to meet their new owners come Christmas Day," said Sergeant Daniel P. Best. "It doesn't surprise me one bit," said VTA General Manager Michael Burns. "Our community always shows overwhelming generosity through toy and cash donations, customarily outdoing themselves from previous years."

VTA and the U.S. Marine Corps thank each and every person who came out this weekend to donate bikes, dolls, toys, books and cash donations. Because of you, children who may not expect to receive a gift this year will have one to open this Christmas holiday!

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