MODESTO, Calif. – December 22, 2023 — This holiday season, The Save Mart Companies’ store support associates participated in the 2023 Toys for Tots campaign, generously donating nearly 100 new toys that will be gifted to children in Stanislaus County to help make their holiday brighter.  

“The need for toy donations has increased exponentially in recent years so we are grateful for those donated by The Save Mart Companies,” said Edith Bael, Toys for Tots Turlock campaign coordinator.  

“We are immensely proud of our Modesto store support associates who go above and beyond to support this community,” said Joan Dobias-Davis, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for The Save Mart Companies. “Their heartfelt contributions to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign will spark joy for many children throughout Stanislaus County this holiday season.”  

The primary goal of the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program is to bring the joy of Christmas and a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy. Toys for Tots began in 1947 under the direction of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks but his wife, Diane, was the true inspiration. In 2022, Toys for Tots delivered over 24,000 to underserved children in Stanislaus County alone.  For more information visit  

About The Save Mart Companies 

The Save Mart Companies, a Kingswood Capital Management, LP portfolio company and a California-based grocer, operates 194 Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx stores in California and Western Nevada. In addition to its retail operation, the Company also operates SMART Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries (“SSI”), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, and the Sunnyside Farms dairy processing plant in Turlock. Proud to be California’s largest regional, full-service grocery chain, the Company and its 13,000 team members take extra care to provide customers with the freshest foods for their families at affordable prices. For more information on the company, please visit: