ELKTON — Hundreds of families will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Elkton High School football team and the generosity of Anchor Buick GMC.
The dealership off U.S. Route 40 near the Delaware state line partnered with the student-athletes to match the number of new, unwrapped gifts the team brought in for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, explained Nancy Mazza, marketing manager for the store. Toys for Tots is a national nonprofit organization that annually provides toys to more than tens of thousands of Cecil County children in need.
“We approached the Elkton High School football team to see if they would partner with Anchor — because they are winners on and off of the field — to do a little community service,” Mazza said of the team that advanced to the state semifinals this year.
After Anchor proposed the partnership, Mazza said the football team took the idea and ran with it.
On Monday, Dec. 10, Anchor Buick GMC owner Tom Williams, U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign coordinator for Cecil County John Jodlbauer, and County Executive Alan McCarthy all came out to praise the efforts of the team coached by Matt Feeney.
Before announcing the final total, Jodlbauer shared with the team that due to the closure of Toys R Us, a big supporter for the Toys for Tots campaign, there is a shortage of toys and gifts for their program this year, and the Elkton High collection would immensely help with the county’s collection.
The official count of toys and gifts collected from the football team was 188, which Anchor Buick GMC will match the number, pushing the total to 376.
“Anchor Buick GMC was ecstatic to organize such an event,” Mazza told the Whig. “Anchor Buick GMC knows that in order to keep the joy of Christmas, you need to give it.”