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Annual drive benefits Toys for Tots
Event held at Rooster’s Café in Cumming
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A parking spot in front of Rooster’s Café was reserved Tuesday night for the big man from the North Pole during the 12th annual Toys for Tots drive. - photo by Crystal Ledford

Rooster’s Café held its annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive Tuesday night.

The 12thannual drive was organized by Cory Coulter, who started it after surviving the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York.

Coulter was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center for training with his then-company when the first airplane struck the North Tower. He was among those evacuated from the building.

In the aftermath, Coulter wanted to do something special for this 39thbirthday, which was Dec. 10, 2001. He asked his friends to bring toys for children rather than give him presents. The following the year, the drive, which has grown nearly every year, was held at Rooster’s.

This year’s event took in about 1,000 toys and raised more than $1,600 in cash donations for the program.

Toys will continue to be collected at the eatery through Dec. 20.