Constructors Leadership Council donates over 500 toys to children of Pennsylvania vets

The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP)’s Constructors Leadership Council (CLC) donated approximately 525 presents this year to the children of veterans as part of its third annual toy drive.

“[CLC] really takes up this initiative with the toy drive,” Jason Koss, CAWP’s director of industry relations, told Pennsylvania Business Daily. “It’s made up of emerging leaders within the highway construction industry. They have a forum to provide educational programming, networking and also charitable activities. One of the charitable things is the toy drive every year.”

Toys and financial contributions were given to Clarion Army Recruiting Company in Oil City on Dec. 19. Clarion recruits for the Army and serves most of northwest Pennsylvania.

The toy drive, part of CAWP’s Constructing our Communities initiative, was so successful that it generated a surplus of toys. That surplus was donated to the 665th Engineering Company in Brookville.

“As part of Constructing our Community, we selected Operation Once in a Lifetime as our charity of choice,” Koss told Pennsylvania Business Daily. “They, on a national level, have a Toys for Troops initiative, so we partner with them.”

The CAWP Annual Dinner -- another part of the Constructing our Community program -- will be held in Pittsburgh Jan. 8.