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Tuesday December 8th, 2015

Posted at 4:44pm

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A record-setting donation of brand new toys valued over $19,400 collected by FCA Windsor Assembly Plant arrived at the downtown fire station in several Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans this morning for Sparky’s Toy Drive.

Following their delivery, they will then be distributed across the local area providing a happy holiday season for thousands young boys and girls from families demonstrating financial need.

“Year after year the employees from the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant have surpassed our highest expectations and this year is no different as we are ever grateful for this special delivery of donated toys to our headquarters today,” said Sean Costello, Sparky’s Toy Drive Coordinator, Windsor Fire Department. “Sparky’s Toy Drive would not have the same impact helping those families in need across Windsor-Essex without their support. We sincerely thank them for their ongoing generosity as the city’s largest contributor and helping make the holidays happy for thousands of children in our area.”

In 13 years of donations, over 50 minivans full of toys valued at nearly $200,000 have been donated by Windsor Assembly Plant employees, which have benefited roughly 39,000 children in tr area.

“Giving back to Windsor-Essex County year-round has been a staple of the Windsor Assembly Plant employees and I’m continually proud of the generous time, effort and money they have donated toward Sparky’s Toy Drive,” said Mike Brieda, Plant Manager, FCA Windsor Assembly Plant. “The Windsor Firefighters work extremely hard to ensure that local children have the merriest of holidays. We are thrilled to play a prominent role in their campaign and will continue to work with them to sort and deliver the toys for the 13th consecutive year.”

You can still help out as well. New, unopened toys and cash donations can be dropped off at any Windsor fire station throughout the city between now and December 23rd.

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