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Several Marines and volunteers helped load thousands of donated toys on Nov. 5 at Geppetto's Toys at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Courtesy photo
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Anonymous philanthropist donates $60K of toys to Toys for Tots

DEL MAR — In an act of holiday cheer, an anonymous philanthropist purchased $60,000 of toys on Nov. 5 at a local family-owned store to donate to Toys for Tots.

The Marine Toys for Tots is a nonprofit charity serving all 50 states, according to the group’s website.

After more than 3,000 toys were selected from Geppetto’s Toys in Del Mar Highlands, several Marines and local volunteers helped load the gifts into Uhaul trucks.

For three straight years, the same anonymous individual has made a similar size donation in partnership with Geppetto’s, increasing the last year’s donation by $10,000. Geppetto’s also donated several hundreds of toys for the charity.

“It was such an amazing and generous act of kindness,” says Brian Miller, owner of Geppetto’s Toys. “We were so honored to be a part of an anonymous donor’s toy shopping spree. We spent three hours selecting toys for Toys for Tots for a total of $60,000! With the help of our local marines, we filled two trucks full of toys.”

The Marine Toys for Tots Program helps provide millions of children with unwrapped gifts for the holiday season. To date, the program has supported over 265 million children, according to a press release.

Geppetto's Toys Del Mar Highlands
Geppetto’s Toys at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Courtesy photo