Nov. 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear blimp "Santa Claus Express" and the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve will conduct the third annual joint maneuver to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's (NYSE: GT) blimp base in
Goodyear and the Marines will build on the success of the first two drive-through events in 2010 and 2011. Those efforts saw a combined 4,942 vehicles drop off 12,534 toys and collect
base. All cash and toys go to the Toys for Tots program.
"These have been incredibly joyous experiences for us at Airship Operations," said
, Goodyear's director of Global Airship Operations. "This year, working with the Marines and Navy personnel is especially significant as Goodyear was recently named a top 100 Military Friendly employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine."
Open to drive through vehicle traffic only, the 800 foot-long hangar will be filled with holiday music and decorated in the holiday spirit as Santa waves from the blimp's gondola to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. A contingent of Marines in dress blues will be on duty to collect and organize the toys for distribution to needy children in the area.
"Being aboard the Goodyear blimp 'Santa Claus Express,' The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program realized a tremendous collection result at this event in 2010 that was more than doubled in 2011," said Marine Sgt.
, a Toys for Tots coordinator. "We are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2012."
Hangar hours are
Friday, November 30
1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
12 p.m. -7 p.m.
The public is not permitted to park vehicles or walk inside the hangar and grounds. There is no charge and a donation is not required to drive through and enjoy the scene. The Goodyear blimp hangar is located in
at 841 Wingfoot Lake Rd.,
In 2011, Goodyear blimp bases in
conducted similar Toys for Tots operations. For 2012, the
location will be collecting on
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pompano Beach, Fla.
base will be unavailable this year while undergoing renovations.
These details are available online at
, on Facebook or by calling the
base at (330) 796-8151 or the
base at (310) 327-6565.
Founded in 1948, it is the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to collect only new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December and to distribute these toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.