Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar receives the Certificate of Appreciation from New York State Marine Corps Commandant Timothy M. Forbes for outstanding support of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The Rensselaer Public Safety Building was one of the official drop-off locations for Toys for Tots 2013.

Chief Bly donated his 2014 raise of $430.00 and the officers union matched that for a total of $860. Sergeant Sauer took the money and through the use of coupons, manufacturer and store rebates purchased $1,600.00 worth of toys.

“This organization allows people in the community to give back to those less fortunate,” said Mahar “Toys for Tots focuses on the importance of ‘giving’ especially to those less fortunate at this time of year.”

Sheriff Mahar is also a member of the Troy Detachment Marine Corps League.

Toys for Tots started in 1947 by a Marine Reservist and his wife for needy children at Christmastime.  Since then, more than half a billion toys have been distributed to millions of children.