NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a major donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in both New York City and Reno, NV. The combined donation features more than $350,000 worth of merchandise, comprising 22 pallets and approximately 10,000 units of products at each location. The donation includes a handpicked selection of books, puzzles, plush toys, board games, electronic games, infant toys and many more fun and educational toys and games.
“Barnes & Noble is thrilled to continue its support of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation with this donation, which will hopefully make the holidays extra special for families who are less fortunate this year,” said Ron Boire, Chief Executive Officer at Barnes & Noble. “Our booksellers in New York City, Reno and throughout the country are excited about this donation because they know it will make a big impact in the communities they serve every day.”
The Reno donation took place on Monday, December 7, with all of the products coming from the Barnes & Noble Distribution Center in Reno. In addition to Marine Toys for Tots coordinators, the Nevada National Guard and the Reno Sherriff’s Department were on hand to unload the truck and distribute the donation to families in need. “Barnes & Noble has a big presence in Reno, so we’re thrilled that they decided to support our community with a major donation,” said Jon Yuspa, founder of the Nevada Honor Flight. “We know that local families are going to really appreciate this.”
Barnes & Noble donated to the New York City Toys for Tots foundation on Wednesday, December 9, with all of the products coming from the Barnes & Noble Distribution Center in Monroe, NJ. A team of Marines was on hand to unload the truck at a Marine base in Brooklyn, where it was quickly categorized and sent out to charities and families in need across the city. “Once again Barnes & Noble has come through to support us in a big way. This donation will help us in our mission to ensure that every child in New York City has a book or a toy under the tree this holiday season,” said Staff Sergeant Juan C. Corrales, Coordinator Toys for Tots, NYC.
For more information on Toys for Tots and to find out about donating, please visit www.toysfortots.org. For more information on Barnes & Noble, visit your local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com.
About The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 68th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to economically disadvantaged children through the gift of a new toy during the Christmas holiday season. Their gifts offer these children recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the gifts they provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and physical development of these children. In 2013, Marines distributed gifts to 6.8 million children in 762 communities nationwide. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 647 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com) and UK (www.nook.co.uk), plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.
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