December 12, 2016
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Toys for Tots program raises nearly $29,000 at Hanford Vit Plant

Employees of the Hanford Vit Plant, along with Bechtel and AECOM, donated thousands of toys and nearly $29,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign last Thursday. It was the 10th year that the Vit Plant, formerly known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, participated in the campaign.

“Toys for Tots is one of our favorite events of the year because it provides us with the opportunity to give back to the community and to honor the Marines as well as the many veterans who work at the Vit Plant,” said Danny Hydrick, Vit Plant manager of construction.

The donations were only a part of the ways that Bechtel, AECOM and the Vit Plant employees help their communities. This year they have donated nearly $570,000 to local organizations and charities, including the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, Second Harvest, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes and others.

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