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Annual toy drive held for Giving Tuesday, despite pandemic

December 1, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Kari Biehl and Christine DeHart of MSA Safety Inc. in Cranberry deliver toys dropped off at their Best of the Batch Foundation toy drive collection Tuesday. Former Steeler Charlie Batch was on site to help collect toys for his foundation.

CRANBERRY TWP — Snow-covered trees set the scene for Giving Tuesday, the post-Thanksgiving event that ushers in the generosity of the holiday season.

And in Cranberry Township, hot chocolate, cookies and Charlie Batch welcomed those willing to partake in the winter kindness by donating toys to families in need for Christmas gifts.

At the 15th annual event, MSA Safety Inc. and the Best of the Batch Foundation teamed up for a winter-themed toy drive at the company’s upper parking lot in Cranberry Woods, where in years past donors have filled a bounce house with unwrapped presents for children, from infants to age 16.

Despite changes for the pandemic, the toy drive went on in earnest with the same goal as in past iterations.

“We’re treating it the same, even though we know there’s a difference for many families in the area,” Batch said.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.

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