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Dress Barn hosting Toys for Tots collection drive,

PLATTSBURGH - Dress Barn, a national specialty apparel retailer, is locally hosting a collection drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program for the second year in a row.

The collection is taking place through Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Plattsburgh location in the Champlain Centre mall, located at 60 Smithfield Blvd. During this time, Dress Barn will encourage residents to donate new, unwrapped toys by giving customers who donate 15 percent off their purchase of a regular-priced item. All toys collected will be given to children in the community.

"The holidays can be hard for children from families of limited resources. We are determined to make an even bigger difference as a company this year by collecting more than 12,000 toys," said Dress Barn district sales manager Crystal Kandravi. "A toy can be so much more than just a present. It can be a message of hope."

In addition to the Toys for Tots program, Kandravi said Dress Barn strives "to help motivate children to reach for their dreams, no matter what their circumstances are."

"We at the Plattsburgh Dress Barn location are proud the company is taking part in this important effort again," she said. "We invite the local community to join us in spreading holiday cheer to those who need it most."

The objective of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is "to help less fortunate children throughout the country experience the joy of Christmas, to play an active role in the development of children, to unite all members of local communities, and to contribute to better communities in the future."

In addition, the annual Toys for Tots Train, which delivers toys, winter clothes and food to underprivileged families, will be stopping in the North Country this weekend.

The train will stop at the Amtrak station in Plattsburgh - located at the corner of Bridge and Dock streets - this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:45 p.m.

For more information about the Toys for Tots Train, call 399-1342, ext. 183. More information about Dress Barn's participation in the Toys for Tots collection drive may be learned by calling the store at 563-2019.

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