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UTC Employees Spread Holiday Cheer by Volunteering for Toys for Tots

On Dec. 11 over 100 UTC employees volunteered for Toys for Tots.
 Enlisted and retired Marines loaded toys from UTC’s $80,000 donation onto moving trucks.
At the Plainville Marine Corps Base, employees sorted toys based on age and gender.
Kelli Byrd, UTC Corporate, selects a toy for a child aged 8 – 10.

On Dec. 11, over 100 United Technologies (UTC) employees volunteered their time to support UTC’s $80,000 donation to Toys for Tots by shopping, delivering, and sorting toys at the Marine Corps Base in Plainville, Connecticut. Throughout their 35 year partnership, UTC and Toys for Tots of Central Connecticut have delivered nearly 500,000 toys to the local community. 

“UTC’s donation helps us make Christmas possible for 33,000 children across Hartford and Litchfield County,” said Toys for Tots coordinator, Sgt. Ryan Magana. 

Starting at sunrise, approximately 60 UTC employees representing Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Otis and UTC Corporate shopped for gifts at two local Toys “R” Us stores. Each volunteer had a $150 budget and was able to choose a specific age range and gender to shop for. 

UTC Corporate employee Teo Pellegrino chose to shop for a girl aged 12 – 14, since she has a 12 year old daughter. “I had a great experience today,” Pellegrino said. “Shopping for toys, meeting employees from other business units and notifying families their gifts were ready made this day very rewarding. While shopping, a Toys “R” Us employee shared that he was a former recipient of Toys for Tots, and was grateful that UTC takes such an active role in delivering toys.”

In the afternoon the action shifted to the Marine Corps base where employees unloaded trucks, sorted toys by age, completed family wish lists and notified recipients that their gifts were ready for pickup.

Cindie Holtz from UTC Aerospace Systems was excited to participate for the first time this year and brought along an additional $400 in donated gifts from her site. 

“I had so much fun today working with everyone to fulfill gift orders, and I’m happy the UTC Aerospace Systems team was able to contribute to a child’s happiness on Christmas morning,” said Holtz. 

As shadows began to descend, volunteers tidied up a nearly empty warehouse and readied the final gift packages for pickup. 

“I want to thank the volunteers for their hard work. Today we were able to prepare thousands of toys for delivery to families and over 180 non-profit organizations in Connecticut,” said Sgt. ​Ryan Magana.  

About Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.