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Toy donations being accepted at toll facilities

Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 11:42:27-05

If you are too busy to find a Toys for Tots donation box the Maryland Transportation Authority wants to help you out. Bring your donation on your commute.

Today thru Friday employees will collect new unwrapped toys at some toll facilities in the state. Drop off times on these days are 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

“We are proud to participate in this effort that will benefit those in need in the communities that we serve,” said MDTA Police Chief Jerry Jones in a statement.

“The tradition of collecting toys for children during the holiday season is something we look forward to each year.”

You can't just do this in any lane though.

If you want to donate toys use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed  MDTA Police officers or MDTA staff. 

Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only. Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes. 

Toys are being collected at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore, and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. 

Toys collected at MDTA facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and to local charities for distribution. 

Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 156,000 toys from toll facility and Port of Baltimore customers.