Toys for Tots Collection Flourishes in its Fifth Year at Ashby Ponds

[caption id="attachment_83232" align="alignright" width="300"] Al Beyer assists in coordinating the Toys for Tots collection each year at Ashby Ponds.[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Since the first holiday season at Ashby Ponds five years ago, resident Al Beyer has assisted in coordinating the annual Toys for Tots collection at the community.  This year, he has already taken over one dozen large bags packed full of toys and approximately fifteen checks for monetary donations to the nearest consolidation site. "I believe that generosity, sharing with those less fortunate, and supporting those in need, are inborn desires of most Americans. We are by nature a 'giving' society," said Beyer. "The truth of that belief is attested to by the selfless donations made by many Ashby Ponds residents to Toys for Tots as well as other charitable programs supported by our community." Nationally, the Toys for Tots program is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  In Loudoun County, where Ashby Ponds is located, the program operates under the auspices of Virginia's Marine Corps League Detachment 1205.  Beyer volunteers with The Detachment to help collect and deliver donated toys to a nearby collection site; according to The Detachment's website, there were more than 85 volunteers working with the program last year. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Beyer truly believes in the worth and value of the initiative. "Although Loudoun County reports one of the highest household income levels in the country, many of its families, individuals, and children live at the poverty level," said Beyer.  "Ashby Ponds residents are well aware of that fact and are eager to help make the holidays brighter for those in need." Collection for the 2013 Toys for Tots program at Ashby Ponds will end on December 16. About Ashby Ponds: Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.). The community is home to more than 725 residents and has over 120 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.