Maui Zipline Company at the Maui Tropical Plantation will join the efforts of the Maui-based Toys for Tots campaign this holiday season by providing drop-off locations and offering a special incentive for customers who donate toys or funds.
"As Maui's most family-friendly zipline tour, we get to spend all year spreading joy and sharing adventures with our guests of all ages, and we wanted to be able to bring the joy of Christmas to local keiki who may not be so fortunate," said Judy Truglia, manager at Maui Zipline Company. "We thought this was a perfect opportunity to invite our island's visitors and local residents to help support Toys for Tots this season.
"We have found that many people want to donate toys and gifts to local children in need, but they just don't know how," she added. "So, we are excited to provide this outlet for toy donation, and thrilled to be directly affecting the holidays of children on our islands."
From now until Saturday, Dec. 17, Maui Zipline tour guests and Maui Tropical Plantation visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy or a minimum $10 donation will receive a free Maui Zipline souvenir gift.
Nationwide, the Toys for Tots program is carried out by the U.S. Marine Corps, with the mission of collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. All toys and funds collected will be distributed directly to help Hawai'i's local children on Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i.
But because there is no Marine outpost on Maui, MinitStop sponsors toy drives statewide, and the Maui chapter of Street Bikers Union Hawaii (SBU) partners annually with the Salvation Army to conduct Toys for Tots collections and fundraisers, and deliver the toys to children.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the largest fundraising event, the Maui SBU Christmas toy run and bikers' parade to support Toys for Tots. On Sunday, Dec. 18, bikers, sponsors (including Maui Zipline) and guests will participate in a gathering of toys, a bikers' parade from Kahului to Lahaina and back, and a fundraising party to which all are welcome.
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