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Chrysler Plants Donate $65,500 to Toys for Tots

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Despite a month-long shutdown looming, Chrysler manufacturing facilities chose to participate for the 14th year in their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Factories donated both $65,500 and hundreds of toys from factory worker's families to the 2008 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Toys for Tots is a program that gives toys to needy children without families or with families who cannot afford to buy gifts.

Manufacturers have cut everything from advertising budgets to car show attendance as they fight to stay afloat. I'm impressed with Chrysler Manufacturing's decision to stick with the holiday spirit of giving, likely not an easy one to make as things like salaries, mortgages, and health plans are on the table for everyone concerned.

Said Ken Brune, Plant Manager at the Warren, Michigan, Truck Assembly Plant, "we know that Christmas is all about the children, so we’re pleased that we’ve helped put smiles on so many young faces this year."

While hard times seem to be bringing out the worst in some (Blogojovich, ahem), it seems to bringing out the best in thousands of Americans.

We salute the workers at the following Chrysler plants who contributed: Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly, Chelsea (Mich.) Proving Grounds, Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (Dundee, Mich.), Plymouth Road Jeep Truck (Detroit), Jefferson North Assembly (Detroit), St. Louis North (Mo.) Assembly, Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly; Toledo (Ohio) Assembly, Trenton (Mich.) Engine, Twinsburg (Ohio) Stamping, Warren (Mich.) Stamping, Warren (Mich.) Truck, Washington, D.C. office; and the Mid-Atlantic Business Center (Elkridge, Md.).

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