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Toys for Tots drive gets boost from anonymous donor

Sean Mitchell, a facility manager for Security Public Storage, displays some of the board games that were among three pallets of toys delivered by an anonymous donor for this year’s Sacramento-area Toys for Tots drive.
Sean Mitchell, a facility manager for Security Public Storage, displays some of the board games that were among three pallets of toys delivered by an anonymous donor for this year’s Sacramento-area Toys for Tots drive. Photo courtesy Matt Gifford, Security Public Storage

Santa's helpers made an early delivery to a Sacramento-area Toys for Tots collection site over the weekend.

Sean Mitchell, a facility manager for Security Public Storage, said the Toys for Tots collections box had just arrived when he received a call Friday from a man who said he wanted to make a large donation of toys and asked whether the storage company would have room for them. The man said he wanted the donation to be anonymous.

“It sounded like he had been looking around to find a place that could accommodate that much,” Mitchell said.

He told the prospective donor that Security Public Storage could provide indoor storage at its Power Inn Road site.

About 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Mitchell said, two men arrived in a truck with a lift gate and unloaded three pallets of new toys. Included, he said, is a variety of board games, including “Don’t Break the Ice,” based on Disney’s popular movie “Frozen.”

“The games cover a good age range,” Mitchell said, noting that the assortment includes “Trivial Pursuit Family Edition.”

He also spotted numerous boxed Play-Doh sets.

Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. New, unwrapped toys are collected during October, November and December and are distributed to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Mitchell said the delivery was a great way to kick-off this year’s toy drive. Typical donations come from individuals and families who often drop of a couple of toys at a time. Security Public Storage facilities throughout the United States serve as Toys for Tots drop-off sites. In the Sacramento area, they will receive donations through Dec. 10.

Matt Gifford, a Security Public Storage spokesman, said toys donated locally will be distributed to children in the Sacramento region.

A list of Toys for Tots drop-off locations is available online, http://sacramento-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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