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New holiday toy drive aims to keep all donations in Western Pa.

Patrick Varine
| Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Organizers of a new toy drive this holiday season want to ensure their donations stay in the Pittsburgh area.

The Greater Pittsburgh Business Connection and local small businesses including Energy Swing Windows & Doors of Murrysville will host the first “Toys for Pittsburgh Tikes” drive through Dec. 18 in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League.

Toys donated to this program will not be distributed outside of the Pittsburgh area, nor will they be shelved for an undetermined amount of time. Participating businesses with offices or showrooms have been given “toy boxes” in which to collect newly purchased toys donated by employees, customers and community members. All the “toy boxes” will then be collected and combined into one large trailer at Jaden's Catering in Monroeville, where Business Connection members will ensure gifts are wrapped and distributed to area children.

Drew Barto, marketing director at Energy Swing, said company officials didn't think twice about getting on board.

“Any chance we have to impact and improve the lives of less fortunate children in the community, it becomes an easy decision to get involved,” he said.

“Knowing that all the toys collected by this program will be going to local children is a big bonus. Many of our employees have young children, and we feel this will be a great opportunity to teach our kids the importance of giving by letting them shop for toys to be donated to Toys For Pittsburgh Tikes,” Barto said.

Here's a list of local collection points where you can donate to Toys for Pittsburgh Tikes.

Murrysville

• Energy Swing Windows & Doors, 3245 Miracle Lane

• Inkcredibles, 4881 William Penn Highway

• Epiphany! Counseling and Wellness Center, 4559 Old William Penn Highway

• Jennuine Cakes & Café, 4003 Saltsburg Road

Monroeville

• Jaden's Catering, 4727 William Penn Highway

• Levin Mattress, 124 Levin Way

• Rudy's Subs, 3942 William Penn Highway

• Family Legal Center, 2526 Monroeville Blvd., No. 101

• Global Glorious Productions, 200 Mall Circle (in the Monroeville Mall)

• S&T Bank branches at 4385 Old William Penn Highway and 4580 Broadway Blvd.

Plum

• Cammuso's Salon, 2405 Golden Mile Highway

• Diamond Athletic Club, 3253 Old Frankstown Road

• Palmieri's Restaurant, 951 Old Frankstown Road

Turtle Creek

• Johnny Mock's Auto Body, 1271 Rodi Road

Oakmont

• S&T Bank, 2190 Hulton Road

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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