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TA Employees Collect Over 600 Toys for the American Red Cross

Toys collected during company's 21st annual toy drive

Employee volunteers (Santa's elves) gathered on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the headquarters of TravelCenters of America to greet workers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross. They helped load the 630 presents collected during the company's 2019 Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Santa's elves packaged the toys Monday evening and were ready to haul the loads into two big cargo vans the Red Cross drove over. 

Wednesday, Dec. 18, children and their families are invited to the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio’s regional headquarters, 3747 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland to enjoy a fun afternoon of snacks and refreshments. The children will also be given the opportunity to select a toy for themselves from the toys donated by TA employees to take home and enjoy this holiday season.

“It is the best day of the year for our staff and volunteers,” said Renee Palagyi, senior disaster program manager for the Northeast Ohio Region. “We get to see smiles instead of tears after responding to so many fires all year. We just love making the kids happy.”

2019 marks the 21st year of the partnership between the Red Cross and TA. Last year, dozens of children and their families attended the event. The toy giveaway will take place from noon to 6:00 p.m., with many children arriving after school.