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Vit Plant Workers Donate to Community for Holiday Season

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The men and women building Hanford's Vit Plant took a break from construction Thursday for a bit of charity. The men and women building Hanford's Vit Plant took a break from construction Thursday for a bit of charity.

HANFORD, WA - The men and women building Hanford's Vit Plant took a break from construction Thursday for a bit of charity.

Thousands of toys, bikes, and dollars will go to the Marine Corps Reserve's Annual Toys for Tots drive. For Bechtel and URS, being a part of the Tri-Cities community is more than just clean-up, it's giving back.

In fact, Vit Plant workers have donated close to $600,000 to various charities just this year alone. Thursday was all about Toys for Tots, though.

Thousands of toys and more than $34,000 will go straight to the campaign. The local 598 Pipe-Fitters also donated about 1,500 bicycles as part of their Bikes for Tikes program with Toys for Tots.

"The employees here support this community and they support that through donations, charitable contributions, and their time. So we'd like to go ahead and make sure everybody knows that we're here not only to protect the environment but to help our fellow neighbors," Vit Plant Manager of Construction Steven Overton.

Close to 7,000 kids in the Mid-Columbia are signed up for Toys for Tots this year. Carter says although they had to recently close their registration because of a lack of toys, thanks to Thursday's donation from Vit Plant workers they might be able to sign up a few more.

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