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MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER, SANTA SHARE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH TOYS FOR TOTS' KIDS 'TALE IN 10 CITIES' MCI FRIENDS & FAMILY TOUR TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in Los Angeles, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and national Toys for Tots sponsor, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), hosted a holiday party to launch the third annual "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour." The event -- "A Tale in Ten Cities" -- was the first of 10 such celebrations to take place across the country this fall to raise awareness, and ultimately donations, for the 46th annual Toys for Tots fundraising effort.
 Malcolm-Jamal Warner, national spokesman for the MCI "Friends & Family Holiday Tour", read a favorite Christmas story to the children and was joined by Santa Claus, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and MCI representatives at the Los Angeles Zoo to make the first official toy donation this year to the city of Los Angeles.
 In addition to Warner, national sponsor MCI has assembled a number of celebrity spokespersons for the "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour", including Naomi Judd, Willard Scott, Mary Lou Retton, Vicki Lawrence, Greg Gumbel, Tony Dorsett, and Olympians Matt Biondi and Summer Sanders.
 MCI and the United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation have created two simple donation methods for those who wish to contribute to Toys for Tots. Individuals may call the MCI Toys for Tots hotline at 800-866-3363 or they may send a check or money order in any amount to the USMCR Toys for Tots Foundation, P.O. Box 731, Amherst, NY 14226-0731.
 "Last year, with help from generous national sponsors like MCI, the United States Marine Corps Reserves collected millions of toys for kids nationwide," said Greg Plush, Lt. Col., USMCR. "This holiday season, we hope to surpass our goal of collecting eight million new toys," Plush added.
 "By delivering gifts to Toys for Tots kids in 10 cities and creating convenient 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," said Angela Dunlap, president of MCI Consumer Markets.
 Following the Los Angeles event, the "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour" will visit nine additional U.S. cities, with special guest celebrities in each one: Oct. 21 -- Sacramento; Oct. 26 -- Phoenix; Oct. 28 -- Denver; Nov. 4 -- Memphis, Tenn.; Nov. 9 -- Houston; Nov. 10 -- Dallas; Nov. 16 -- Chicago; Nov. 18 -- Washington; Nov. 23 -- New York.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second-largest long distance provider. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family, PrimeTime, MCI HomeConnect, 1-800-COLLECT, The MCI VideoPhone, MCI CALL USA, MCI Friends Around The World, The MCI Card and The Friends & Family Card.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin of MCI, 800-436-9749/
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