Each time American Express Gift Cheques are purchased at five Utah financial institutions between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, a plush toy will be donated to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Participating in the program are Capital City Bank, First Security Bank of Utah, Delta Employees Credit Union, Crossland Savings and Zions First National Bank."Holiday time is the most important gift-giving season of the year and is so meaningful," said Craig Hoenshell, American Express Gift Cheques president.

About 70,000 plush toys will be distributed to underprivileged children this year.