Two charity toy drives – Toys for Tots and Stuff the Bus – were held at Turning Stone’s Exit 33 on Dec. 5., collecting more than 200 toys for kids.

Local marines were on site to accept donations for the Toys for Tots program, which has been providing gifts to children for 20 years. Unwrapped toys were accepted from guests, many of whom took the time to express their appreciation to the Marines for their service.

An annual toy drive, Stuff the Bus, was created in 2007 by Roser Communications Network and its stations, including KISS FM, to help children in the Mohawk Valley. Stuff the Bus collected more than 20,000 toys this season reaching kids in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Otsego, Fulton and Montgomery counties.

“Anytime we can work with the community and respected charitable organizations to provide for locals in need, especially children, it is a great privilege for the Oneida Indian Nation,” said Oneida Nation Representative and Chief Executive Officer Ray Halbritter. “We are pleased that Turning Stone Resort Casino and Exit 33 could provide a central location for such a great service that will brighten the holidays for many children.”

Guests who showed up at Exit 33 on Dec. 5 with a toy received free admission to any venue in the complex. Beadle Brothers were performing at Tin Rooster, E.S.P. at Turquoise Tiger, Redline at The Gig and DJ Dread at Lava Nightclub.

About Turning Stone Resort Casino
A premier four-season, destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino is conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33. Turning Stone was named “Most Excellent Golf Resort” by Condé Nast Johansens. The resort offers world-class gaming, golf, entertainment, accommodations and spa facilities, and has earned AAA Four Diamond ratings for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant. For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or (800) 771-7711. Visit the websitewww.turningstone.com.