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$1,000 in Gift Cards Available— Mundelein’s Tiemart Offers Incentive to Residents to Partner Together on 2017 Toys for Tots Campaign

For nearly a decade, Tiemart owners Mike Martyka and his wife Darlene, have generously supported the annual Toys for Tots gift giving program with an annual shopping spree resulting in hundreds of donated toys for children in need over the years. Over the past several years, the shopping spree has become a family affair as Mike and Darlene’s children, spouses, and grandchildren have joined in the fun to make a big difference in the community.

This year, the Martyka family, invites all Mundelein residents to join with them in support of Toys for Tots to ensure that children in need have a happy and love-filled Christmas.

“What started out with my wife and I filling up a shopping cart for Toys for Tots has grown over the years into a family shopping experience the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. Most of our grandchildren are out of school that day, so they join in the fun. Last year, we visited the Mundelein Target and spent well over a $1000 on toys and then dropped them off at the Village Hall as a family,” Martyka explains.

“This year, I’d like to get more Mundelein residents and businesses involved in the Toys for Tots campaign to help make this initiative bigger and better than ever with more toys donated and more people involved,” Martyka continues.

To this end, Mike recently dropped off $1,000 in gift cards to the Mundelein Village Hall. Each gift card is valued at $25 and there are 10 gift cards for each of four Mundelein businesses for a total of 40 gift cards to: Target, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, and Pier One.

“For a minimum of $50 in toys purchased in Mundelein and dropped off at the Village Hall with a receipt (original or copy) the resident can choose one of the $25 gift certificates. My goal in offering this gift card incentive is to get $2,000 or more in additional toys from a $1,000 investment. It’s a great way to support Toys for Tots and encourage Mundelein residents to think local and shop local this holiday season,” Mike says.

The $25 gift cards will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone who brings in $50 of more in toys to be donated to Toys for Tots (verified with a receipt). Once the incentive gift cards are distributed, residents are still encouraged to brighten a child’s life by participating in the Toys for Tots campaign.

The Toys for Tots gift card campaign starts on Monday, November 13 and will continue until the gift cards are distributed. Toys must be new and unwrapped. The toy receipt must be valued at $50 or more to be eligible for the gift card reward.

Mayor Lentz and the Board of Trustees acknowledge Tiemart and the Martyka family for their continual generosity and their community-mindedness. “We are very grateful for the Martyka family’s commitment to Mundelein and for their willingness to give back to our community. They are an inspiration,” Mayor Lentz said.

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