Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Event Recap: DCI VW - Toys for Tots 2010

I went to my first DCI Toys for Tots (T4T) event back in 07'. I had a good time seeing out of state friends and a couple cool cars, probably showed up too late, but said 'yea, I'll do that again'. Three years later and I finally made sure to mark it off on my calendar (ahem). The goal of this event is contributing gifts (or money for gifts) for the many underprivileged children in the U.S; Christmas is around the corner. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a Santa Claus (or two) provide them an enjoyable holiday season. The Marine Corps organizes T4T toy collection via campaign offices and local supporting organizations in all 50 states and D.C. This event, which was held at FDR Park in Philadelphia (PA), was organized by DCI VW - a worldwide-known/active VW Enthusiast club also known as Dubsquad.

While there are cars and the typical action you'd get from a larger Automotive GTG, the biggest difference is that it's no longer show season. Also, there's a skate park under the overpass where the gathering takes place, so along with auto enthusiasts, local hipsters, skaters, bmxers and posers all share a half of a football field worth of space for an afternoon. It's a surprisingly good time, but bringing your party with you definitely is a big part of how long you stay. My buddy Dan griddled up some great grilled cheeses in the back of Rob's Vanagon double cab and we all enjoyed some conversation away from work and weekly nonsense.

Until next year then. Oh and thanks for the parking ticket in a place where there aren't any signs saying 'No Parking', City of Philadelphia! Summabtch. For more information on how to donate locally to Toys for Tots, especially if you didn't click on either link above, please visit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots site here.

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