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Carnegie Borough participates in Toys for Tots drive

| Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

The season of giving is here and residents of the area have an opportunity to help those in need. Once again, Toys for Tots donation boxes are being set up at Carnegie businesses.

Some locations in Carnegie include the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Northwest Bank and a host of locally-owned stores. The American Legion also has drop-off boxes. On Nov. 26, the American Legion is planning a big drop-off event at the borough building at 1 Veterans Way.

“It's become a community-wide effort,” said Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek. “The event on Sunday will bring people out to help those in need.”

Kobistek has been mayor for eight years and during that time he has seen the Toys for Tots program grow. It was started in Carnegie more than 15 years ago by former police chief Jeff Harbin. Current police chief Jeffrey Kennedy has kept the program going.

“We've been told by the Marines that we're one of their best locations,” Kobistek said. “That's really exciting.”

The Marines will do a last pick up of toys around mid-December. Those toys are donated to families in need in the region. Toys still can be donated at locations until Christmas and those are able to stay within the community where they are donated.

“We want to help out as many people as we can,” Kobistek said. “There are definitely families and children right here who will be grateful for these donations.”

Matthew Peaslee is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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