The United States Marine Corps loaded more than 220 bicycles and hundreds of other gifts for needy children into moving trucks at Duke Energyâ€™s McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville on Monday afternoon.
According to a press release sent out by the company, employees at the plant have collected â€œa generous offering of toys and bikesâ€ for children in the community as part of their annual Toys for Tots collection drive.
Among the items donated were a guitar, stuffed animals, dolls, soccer balls, games and helmets to go along with the bikes.
The release states that employees provided over a thousand toys, in addition to the bikes, and childrenâ€™s winter clothes for local families this holiday season.
â€œItâ€™s great to support Toys for Tots and provide all these toys and bikes for children who are not able to have a big Christmas,â€ said one McGuire employee, Jerry Garver, in the release. â€œIt is fortunate that I have a good job and can provide for my children, and this is the least I can do to help out.â€
Throughout the year, McGuire Nuclear Station also participates in other community drives to provide fans for seniors, coats to local families and supplies for local schools.