The Great Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad, which was one of the many Manassas area collection centers for the Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots program in 2017, reported receiving 560 toys in the fifth year it has participated in the program. According to Jeff Plumb, the Squad's Treasurer and who served as program coordinator, the toys were picked up by Prince William Fire and Rescue Department and taken to the Marine Reserves for distribution to needy families in Manassas and PW County. The GMVRS worked in cooperation with the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department staff assigned to Fire Station 521 at 9322 Center Street, Manassas, during the collection process, which took place from October 1 through December 23. However, the program's success and real credit goes to the hundreds of our citizens of all ages, including local schools like Pennington Elementary, local businesses like Elite Shooting Sports (pictured below), and scouting organizations, who used their time and money to make the holidays a bit brighter for those less fortunate. THANK YOU! The GMVRS plans to participate in the Toys for Tots program again in 2018.

(12-23-17) Two members of the U.S. Marines were on hand yesterday at the Greater Manasses Rescue Squad (GMVRS) to receive donations of toys gathered by Elite Shooting Sports of Manassas for the Toys for Tots program. Pictured from left to right: PVT Turcios, USMC, Katie Rose, Elite Sports, GMVRS President Pete Rockx, GMVRS Treasurer Jeff Plumb, Natalia Viasov, Elite Sports, and PFC Johnson, USMC.

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