(The Hosting News) – OVERLAND PARK, KS – Codero, a dedicated server/managed hosting leader, recently completed its 1st Annual Toys for Tots campaign, raising more than $3,600 to buy new toys for Kansas City-area youth during this holiday season. Codero used an all-employee competition known as “Penny Wars” to raise $1,806.25, matched by the company for a total of $3,612.50. This in turn allowed employees to purchase 496 toys which were then delivered to the local Toys for Tots office.
In early December, Codero launched its “Penny Wars” game to raise money for the Kansas City Metro Toys for Tots, part of a national program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Codero departments and groups then had one week to generate the most cash or points: pennies and $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills counted as positive points for each team, while nickels, dimes, quarters, and $1 and $5 bills were negative points.
“I would like to thank Codero for their generous donation, and it has gone a long
way in making this Christmas season a little brighter for those less fortunate in our area,” says MSgt Gerhold Wanamaker, Toys for Tots coordinator with the 24th Marine Regiment.” It’s through the generosity of people like this that I am able to provide this assistance to the kids of Kansas City.”
In all, this year’s Kansas City Toys for Tots campaign collected over $71,000 and 70,000 toys to assist more than 52,000 children throughout the metro area. According to Marine Corps Reserve organizers, this season was a success in meeting all requests from those who applied to the program in 2009.
“In the spirit of giving, and giving back to our community, we’re pleased to partner with this longstanding charity to help children experience the joy of the holidays,” says Ryan Elledge, Codero’s Chief Operations Officer. “This has been a great experience for us as well, and we’re already making plans to do it again next year.”
See more about the Toys for Toys campaign on the Codero Facebook page.
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About the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots is dedicated to collecting new, unwrapped toys every October, November and December and distributing those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children. Local Toys for Tots campaigns are held in communities throughout the United States where Marine Corps Reserve Units are located. Fundraising activities include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots and concurrently generate toy and monetary donations.
Shelby Garlock, Director, Marketing