Club Orleans and Baby Dolls raised around $7,000 during the recent toy campaign.
John Samples, owner of both clubs, welcomed the good publicity, saying his clubs aren't always the center of positive news. Samples said ``This year the girls really excelled'' in appealing for donations to the annual drive.
The Marine Corps began the program in 1948, which has grown to a nationwide effort at collecting and distributing toys for lower-income children during the holiday season.
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