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Monsanto Employees Hold Toy Drive for Maui Children

December 23, 2014, 4:59 PM HST
* Updated December 23, 5:01 PM
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Monsanto’s Maui employees present their gifts to Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.  Left to right: Top:  Carol Reimann, Eugenia Sitts,  Standing:  Reymar Tabag, Virgie Edmalin, Elmer Alejo, Nema Rabino, Aileen Galapia, Nelia Atiburcio, Irene Gomez-Gumtang, Leo Cabanas, John Daguro, SANTA.  Bottom:  Eleonor Elliott, Thomedi Tagorda, Eddie Mar Magbual, Kristina Santiago, Paul Tonnessen, Isabel Yago, Vanessa Santiago. Photo courtesy Monsanto Hawaiʻi.

Monsanto’s Maui employees present their gifts to Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui. Left to right: Top: Carol Reimann, Eugenia Sitts, Standing: Reymar Tabag, Virgie Edmalin, Elmer Alejo, Nema Rabino, Aileen Galapia, Nelia Atiburcio, Irene Gomez-Gumtang, Leo Cabanas, John Daguro, SANTA. Bottom: Eleonor Elliott, Thomedi Tagorda, Eddie Mar Magbual, Kristina Santiago, Paul Tonnessen, Isabel Yago, Vanessa Santiago. Photo courtesy Monsanto Hawaiʻi.

By Maui Now Staff

Maui Monsanto employees gave a helping hand to Santa this season by holding a toy drive to benefit underprivileged Maui children. Employees gathered more than 100 toys valued at over $1,500 to donate to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, a non-profit organization working for children who are neglected, abused, and/or in foster care.

The drive happened over one week, and included a stockpile of books, games, sporting equipment, dolls, instruments, and more to fill kids’ stockings over the holidays.

“Our organization could not have made this toy drive a success without companies like Monsanto offering their support,” said Executive Director for the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, Paul Tonnessen. “We are extremely grateful to Monsanto for reaching out to us this holiday season and touching the lives of our young people in Maui County.

This is the second toy drive held by Monsanto to benefit the non-profit Children’s Justice Center.

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Community Affairs Manager for Monsanto on Maui, Carol Reimann, wished a heartfelt thank you to all the Monsanto employees who participated in the generous effort.  She said the work of the Children’s Justice Center is “truly a gift of love and one that will keep on giving for years to come.”

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