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It may have been a bit early, but the Santa Claus spirit was brought home to some 30 local families in the Guernsey County area on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
At the Ascent Resources field office in Cambridge, more than 30 local families were able to stop by and bring home a little holiday magic.
The effort in Cambridge was led by the Southeast Ohio Coordinator of Toys for Tots, Deborah Oberlin, and the team at Ascent.
Deborah said, “Ascent Resources stepped up in a big way to sponsor and host this year’s toy distribution. They collected over $8,000 in toys, games and dolls for needy families in Guernsey County from vendors and Ascent staff to show they care about their community and its residents.”
Also stopping by was U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson who helped parents select toys for their little ones. Upon learning that the effort was still short in funds, Johnson donated the remaining balance for the rental of the box truck that was being used to pick up the collected toys to ensure no detail was overlooked.
Congressman Johnson said, “The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation does great work, and it’s great to see Ascent Resources give back to the community by leading an effort to make sure that more local children will get toys - and hope - for Christmas. Just to play a very small role in this effort is very rewarding and brings a lot of joy to my heart.”
The Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce was also represented by President and CEO Jo Sexton. Sexton said, “We are grateful to have a community partner like Ascent Resources in town that shows what this time of year is all about. They’ve really helped provide some local families with joy this Christmas.”
Internally, the effort was led by Joe Steele, EHS Specialist at Ascent. Joe helped rally his colleagues and is proud of what the staff at Ascent was able to accomplish, in terms of the time they donated and the gift contributions made. In addition, this event would not be possible without the vendor/contractor partners and their donations, and special thanks to the Target in Wheeling for helping funds go further during the shopping process. This is Ascent Resources third year hosting the program and according to Joe, they will be back next year even bigger and better.
The U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program has been in existence nationwide since the Christmas of 1948. Originally started by a Major Bill Hendricks in 1947 and some fellow Marines it has spread to many communities across the country.