Local plumbers, electricians and heating workers add to Toys for Tots drive

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Twin Cities area plumbers, electricians and HVAC workers have made a special delivery to the U.S. Marines.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Twin Cities area plumbers, electricians and HVAC workers have made a special delivery to the U.S. Marines for the 2010 Toys for Tots drive.

One hundred and fifty remote-controlled vehicles were dropped off at the Toys for Tots warehouse early Thursday, December 8.

"These trucks are fun. And not only will the kids enjoy them when they open up the gifts on Christmas morning, but the parents will too," said Steve Grohn of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Minneapolis.

The Hummers are modeled after the real ones used by local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning and Mr. Sparky Electric employees.

"Who knows, someday they might be a plumber or an electrician or heating guy or gal," Grohn said smiling.

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The remote-controlled Hummer delivery is especially good news for Marines who say donations this year are down from 2009.

"We're down 75,000 toys at this point," said U.S. Marine Sergeant Will Abderhalden.

The slower pace of donations comes at a time when requests for help are up. Already 208 different agencies have asked for toys from the Marines.

Donations are being accepted at KARE 11 through December 19th. The Toys for Tots tent will be open daily through Sunday, December 19th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Marines will be on hand to accept donations. KARE 11 will broadcast live from the tent during most evening newscasts.

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