Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel will accept unwrapped new toys in the Starbucks parking lot, on the corner of Beacon Boulevard and Jackson Street in Grand Haven, from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
“Grand Haven Coast Guard personnel are treated like family by the citizens of the Tri-Cities area,” said retired USCG Chief Tony Fiore, president of the Grand Haven Chief Petty Officers Association. “... We challenge the community to come out and provide a boat load of toys, which will be delivered to local children in need.”
Chief Petty Officer Thomas Hemminger, of Sector Field Office Grand Haven, said the association’s members work to demonstrate to junior Coast Guard members the value of community outreach initiatives.
“It is a privilege to work with the Marine Corps in providing toys for those in need, and we look forward to having one of the Coast Guard’s 25-foot response boats on display at the event for everyone to see,” he said.