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MCLB barbecue competition helps Toys for Tots


A tasty competition in Albany is working to help a non-profit that works to bring joy to children Thursday.

Hundreds gathered at MCLB this afternoon to support Toys for Tots and compete in an amateur cook-off. As inviting as the food was on the grill, the main focus was getting a head start on gathering toys for kids this Christmas. 

"Start collecting you know those unwrapped gifts early, they will do that from now until the holiday season and it's just a great way to support, contribute, donate to children in need. So, any opportunity to partner for something like that is always a great thing," said Cpt. Justin Jacobs, Public affairs officer for MCLB Albany. 

The grillers said they were happy to be there and excited to give back to kids and the last thing on their mind was winning to competition. 

"I've done Toys for Tots for the last six years now and it's just been a lot of fun for me because you know as a civilian, I am not Marine, but as a civilian just to help them out," said Bob Varner FSD WG6. 

The contest was open to the public, but there was only one non-Marine group that participated. This heated up the competition, but the cause was their main attraction to the event.

"It actually feels really good. I love little kids and I know how much Toys for Tots offer little kids and just helping out why not go for it," said Leslie Adkins, local griller. 

The contest had multiple categories. 

"We have chicken, we have some sausage, we have some beans, we have some Boston Butts and we have some competition chicken that we will enter later on today---Is there a secret recipe that goes with this chicken?-- I can't tell you that," said Sgt. David Kelley.

The competition brought people together, but there wasn't a lot of talking going on once the food was served.

Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct many activities throughout the year, which also include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest and donations.


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