Dressbarn Atwater to partner with Marine Reserve in Toys for Tots campaign

Dressbarn of Atwater said that for the third straight year, it will is partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to help ensure that no disadvantaged child is forgotten this holiday season.

Dressbarn of Atwater asked local customers and associates to donate new, unwrapped toys to its Applegate Ranch location, Nov. 18 to Dec. 14. Toys for Tots will distribute all donated toys to deserving children in the community. Each person who donates a toy will receive a coupon for 15 percent off the purchase of a regular-priced item.

"This simple act of kindness can mean so much to a family struggling to make ends meet," said Evelyn Baert, district sales manager for dressbarn in Atwater. "When you help put a toy into the hands of a child who might otherwise go without, you are sending a message of caring and hope not only to the child, but to the family as well. We're proud to be a part of the Toys for Tots program again this year."

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program helps less fortunate children throughout the country experience the joy of Christmas. Through the program, the organization hopes to play an active role in the development of children, to unite members of the local communities in a common cause and to contribute to better communities in the future, according to a news release.

Nationwide, dressbarn hopes to collect more than 20,000 toys to contribute to the program, topping its 2009 total of more than 12,000 toys. For more information on dressbarn, or its participation in the Toys for Tots Drive, please visit www.dressbarn.com.