Thursday, December 3, 2009
The holidays will be different for every family this year. We have experienced an economic meltdown that no one in our lifetime has experienced. Most of us will continue to buy gifts for our loved ones; but, most certainly, most of us will be buying less.
What is worse than “less?” How about none? Some children awake lucky to just have a warm breakfast. That’s why Scotty works with the Toys For Tots program to collect toys for, not only, this organization; but, also Riley Children’s Hospital.
“We don’t deserve the recognition for this charitable contribution,” said Scotty Wise, owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse. “The Marine’s established a great program, they distribute them to local children and the donations come from our giving guests. We are just the middle man and I’m happy to help put smiles on children’s faces however I can facilitate that.”
The Toys For Tots program was started in 1948 by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Every year they collect around 1,000+ new unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in Indiana.
“This is our 4th year of the toy drive for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. It is a terrific cause to bring new toys to those children who would otherwise not have a present to open this holiday season. The best part [about this program] is that the donations go directly to the children in our own communities,” said Amber Martin, Beverage & Promotions Director for Scotty’s Brewhouse.
All the toys that are donated to any Scotty’s Brewhouse location are distributed to children who are on the Salvation Army recipient list.
“I, personally, do it [Toys For Tots] because I feel it's good to help out, without those you're helping knowing who you are,” said John Bultman, U.S. Marine.
Each of the five Scotty’s Brewhouse locations are looking to collect at least 50 toys each, this season.
“Children have a special place in all of our hearts at Scotty's. There could not be a better time to make the Holidays special for as many children as possible,” said Martin.
For every toy donated Scotty’s is offering a free order of Dill Chips.
Toys are being colleted at all locations November 27 - December 15. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and make a child smile while you enjoy an order of dill chips on the house.
Log on to www.toysfortots.org for more information on the Toys for Tots program. Want more information on Scotty’s Brewhouse? Log on to www.scottysbrewhouse.com, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.