Postal officials reverse course on toy drive decision

Less than 24 hours after announcing they would no longer participate in the seasonal Toys for Tots charity gift drive, postal officials have had a holiday change of heart.

Postal representatives announced Friday they will continue to provide drop boxes at post offices across southwestern Connecticut.

Connecticut's post offices have taken part in the Marine Corps fundraiser for 15 years. Postal officials announced Thursday they would stop participating in the charity drive.

Residents appreciate the postal service's ongoing sponsorship and say the last-minute change was the right thing to do.

"It makes things a lot easier and a lot nicer," says Vincent Grant, of Norwalk. "God bless the post office."

The initial decision to stop participation came after an employee made a formal complaint, saying supporting Toys for Tots and not other charities was a double standard. While the charity drive will continue throughout this season, officials have announced they will re-examine the holiday policy for 2008.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."