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BROOKE SHIELDS AND ST. NICK SHARE HAM & EGGS AND HOLIDAY CHEER WITH TOYS FOR TOTS' KIDS

 BROOKE SHIELDS AND ST. NICK SHARE HAM & EGGS AND HOLIDAY CHEER
 WITH TOYS FOR TOTS' KIDS
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in Los Angeles, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) and national Toys for Tots sponsor, MCI Telecommunications Corporation, hosted a holiday extravaganza to launch the second annual "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour." The event was the first of 12 such celebrations to take place across the nation this fall to raise awareness -- and ultimately donations -- for the 45th annual Toys for Tots toy-raising effort.
 Actress Brooke Shields, honorary spokesperson for the "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour," joined Santa Claus, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and MCI representatives at the Los Angeles Zoo to make the first official toy donation this year in L.A. to children from George Washington School. Mayor Bradley also declared Oct. 14, 1992, as Toys for Tots day in Los Angeles.
 For the first time ever, MCI and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation have created two new and simple donation methods this year:
 -- Gift givers may send a check or money order in any amount to the Toys for Tots Foundation, P.O. Box 1931, Amherst, N.Y. 14226;
 -- Or dial 900-945-1000 to make an automatic donation of $10. (Callers will be billed $10.00 per call. Proceeds will be used to purchase toys for needy children.)
 "Last year, with help from generous national sponsors like MCI, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve collected millions of toys for kids nationwide," said Greg Plush, lieutenant colonel, USMCR. "This holiday season, we hope to surpass our goal of collecting 8 million toys."
 "By delivering gifts to Toys for Tots kids in 12 cities and creating simple ways for people everywhere to support Toys for Tots, we hope to encourage holiday shoppers to put one more name on their holiday list this year -- the name of a needy child somewhere," said Gerald H. Taylor, president of MCI Consumer Markets.
 After Los Angeles, the "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour" will visit 11 additional U.S. cities: San Francisco on Oct. 16; Phoenix on Oct. 19; Denver on Oct. 23; Dallas on Oct. 27; Houston on Oct. 28; Memphis on Nov. 5; Atlanta on Nov. 10; Chicago on Nov. 12; Detroit on Nov. 17; Washington on Nov. 19; and New York on Nov. 24.
 MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second largest long distance provider. MCI offers residential savings through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family; MCI PrimeTime; MCI Personal 800; MCI Around the World; the MCI Card and the Friends & Family Card.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Murphy, 703-415-6226, or Christine Hinz, 212-315-8164, both for the MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour/
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