Toys for Tots seeks more donations, no incidents

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National media attention is usually good news for a charity, but Augusta’s Marines are hoping to avoid that this year during their annual Toys for Tots collection.

The toy collection is already under way, but Best Buy will not be a collection point after a Marine was stabbed on Black Friday last year by a shoplifter fleeing the store, Gunnery Sgt. Robert Ritchie said.

“We’re putting safety first,” Ritchie said.

Through a partnership with nonprofits such as United Way and regional employers such as Savannah River Site, the Marine Corps Reserve in Augusta has a goal of meeting or exceeding last year’s 36,000 toys.

The collections end around Dec. 13 so the toys can be sorted and distributed, Ritchie said.

Donated toys should be new and unwrapped; toys are needed for children between the ages of infant to about 12 or 13.

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tgentry 11/24/11 - 06:35 pm
Hmm.. Is this the first time

Hmm.. Is this the first time the Marines are not going to be at Best Buy? Are you saying that the store has a safety issue? Should the public stay away if the Marines themselves will not go there? I recall the story of the Marine getting stabbed. If I recall it was the Marines action that caused this. I'm not saying he shouldn't have gotten involved, but the way this story reads is Best Buy must be a very bad store to go to. I have always seen a crowd of people going in and out of the Best Buy. I hate to hear that TFT is going to mis out at this location. When I say the Marines action, I do not mean that in a bad way. I'm glad he got involved and was sorry he did get hurt. If the idiot that did the stealing was somewhere else then of course non of this would have happened. I would think that all these stores that are doing these Black Friday sales should have extra deputies working as security. You will always hear how someone either gets seriously wounded or killed on these Black Friday sales. And with the shortfall of raises for our Deputies, they sure could use the money.

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