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Norvelt EMS hopes to fill an ambulance with toys

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

Norvelt Emergency Medical Services, hoping to fill an ambulance full of donated toys for the Toys for Tots program, will hold a toy drive on Saturday.

This is the second year the organization has held a toy drive for the Marine Corps Reserve program.

“We had a pretty good turnout last year, so we decided to do it again this year,” Norvelt EMS President Casey Bromke said.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Norvelt EMS station, 2265 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt.

“We are hoping to fill an ambulance, if not more,” Vice president Zach Gergas said. “All toys will be taken to Jeannette and given to the Marines for Toys for Tots, then passed on to needy families.”

The station house will be open for tours.

“The officers and members are willing to open the station for the public for anyone who is interested in seeing the equipment or joining membership to the service,” Bromke said.

Gergas said the organization will have snacks, drinks and music for the public to enjoy.

“We would like to thank the community for sticking by our side and helping through our roughest times. That is why we are hoping for a strong turnout,” Gergas said.

He said the organization's members are looking forward to sharing their recent accomplishments. Donations for the organization will also be accepted that day.

“All donations are greatly appreciated. Every little bit helps,” Gergas said.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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