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Browns, Marines host Browns Give Back First and Ten Toy Drive in Week 14

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The Cleveland Browns and local Marines will host their annual Browns Give Back First and Ten Toy Drive, benefitting Toys for Tots, at FirstEnergy Stadium prior to Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

During the Browns Give Back First and Ten Toy Drive, presented by Electronic Merchant Systems, Browns fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped gifts ($10+) for kids in need within Cuyahoga County. US Marine Corps and Electronic Merchant Systems volunteers will collect items and monetary contributions at FirstEnergy Stadium gates as fans enter the stadium beginning at 11 a.m.

Continuing its generosity from last year's festivities, Electronic Merchant Systems will once again host a company-wide toy drive prior to Sunday's game and has pledged $5,000 to kick off the event to help provide a memorable holiday to many children in Northeast Ohio.

The Browns, Electronic Merchant Systems and Cleveland fans collected more than $25,000, plus more than 800 toy donations, for local youth during the holidays through the 2017 Browns Give Back First and Ten Toy Drive.

The Browns Give Back First and Ten Toy Drive is also part of Day 1 of the "10 Days of Giving" initiative. On each day of "10 Days of Giving," spanning Dec. 9-18, Browns players, coaches and staff will create special events and make special contributions to various organizations during the holiday season as part of the team's yearlong commitment to education, youth football and inspiring others through the team's signature First and Ten volunteering movement.  

Fans who make a donation at FirstEnergy Stadium will receive an orange Browns #give10 wristband for their support of the First and Ten campaign.  

Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team's First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10. For more information or to sign the pledge, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.

About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back:

The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team's signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.

Education – The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Northeast Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed. The team engages local schools and promotes education in various capacities throughout the year to help identify and remove attendance barriers and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive by monitoring attendance patterns to help understand how best to support students and schools.

Youth Football– The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns' goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.

First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. To date, nearly two million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10.

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