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Toys for Tots Bucks County coordinator feted, volunteers needed for 2020 holiday season campaign

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Kevin Miller, a Marine veteran and coordinator of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Bucks County for almost 30 years, has recently been identified by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation as a Coordinator of the Year for 2019 for Region 1.
 
The awards are given to two different people in each region for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. There are six regions and 880 campaigns throughout the United States. Miller was recognized out of 105 coordinators from Region 1, which covers from Washington, D.C., up to Maine.
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Normally the Coordinators of the Year would be recognized in September at the National Conference in Virginia, where information is provided to all the coordinators, and veteran coordinators help out newcomers, where Miller is considered a mentor. However, due to the global pandemic this year, that recognition has been postponed, as the conference is being held virtually.
 
While the conference is normally the official kick-off to Toys for Tots season, things are going to be much different this year said Miller. The pandemic has posed challenges for the local program, including the need to locate larger spaces to sort and fill toy orders, in order to keep volunteers safe.
When asked about how he felt regarding this recognition, Miller put the success squarely on the shoulders of his help.
 
“While it is the coordinator that actually gets recognized, I am not the reason for the success. All of my volunteers are. I could never accomplish all that has been accomplished over the last 10 years, which is when we really started to expand and take on the whole county, without all the hard work, dedication, and support from each and every one of those that have stood by me over that time. They deserve the recognition. They are the backbone of the program in Bucks County, the unsung heroes, and I appreciate all of them.”
 
If anyone wants to donate new, unwrapped toys to the campaign, they can check out the Bucks County Toys for Tots site at https://buckscountypa.toysfortots.org/, and follow directions on the site. If people want to donate money there are instructions on the site, or they can fill out a check to Toys for Tots and mail it to P.O. Box 149, Milford Square, Pa. 18935.
 
Volunteers are also always needed, and information on that can be found on the website as well, or email BucksCountyPA@ToysForTots.org.

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