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Codero Teams With Toys for Tots, Helping Kids in Need This Holiday

December 30th, 2009

First annual fundraiser a hit with area kids, the Marine Corps Reserve and employees – generates more than $3,600 in donations for new toys.

(Overland Park, Kan.) Codero, a dedicated server/managed hosting leader, recently completed its 1st Annual Toys for Tots campaign, raising more than $3,600 to buy new toys for Kansas City-area youth during this holiday season. Codero used an all-employee competition known as “Penny Wars” to raise $1,806.25, matched by the company for a total of $3,612.50; in turn, this allowed employees to purchase 496 toys which were then delivered to the local Toys for Tots office.

In early December, Codero launched its “Penny Wars” game to raise money for the Kansas City Metro Kansas City Metro Toys for Tots, part of a national program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Codero departments and groups then had one week to generate the most cash or points: pennies and $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills counted as positive points for each team, while nickels, dimes, quarters, and $1 and $5 bills were negative points.

“I would like to thank Codero for their generous donation, and it has gone a long way in making this Christmas season a little brighter for those less fortunate in our area,” says MSgt Gerhold Wanamaker, Toys for Tots coordinator with the 24th Marine Regiment.” It’s through the generosity of people like this that I am able to provide this assistance to the kids of Kansas City.”

In all, this year’s Kansas City Toys for Tots campaign collected over $71,000 and 70,000 toys to assist more than 52,000 children throughout the metro area. According to Marine Corps Reserve organizers, this season was a success in meeting all requests from those who applied to the program in 2009.

“In the spirit of giving, and giving back to our community, we’re pleased to partner with this longstanding charity to help children experience the joy of the holidays,” says Ryan Elledge, Codero’s Chief Operations Officer. “This has been a great experience for us as well, and we’re already making plans to do it again next year.”

See more about the Toys for Toys campaign on the Codero Facebook page.

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