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MATT BIONDI, SANTA SHARE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH TOYS FOR TOTS' KIDS; 'A TALE IN 10 CITIES' FRIENDS & FAMILY TOUR TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

 DENVER, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in Denver, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and national Toys for Tots sponsor, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), hosted a holiday party to continue the third annual "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour."
 The event -- "A Tale in Ten Cities" -- was the fourth 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.
 Matt Biondi, national spokesperson 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 Denver Botanic Gardens to make the first official toy donation to the city of Denver. MCI and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation have created simple donation methods for those who wish to contribute to Toy 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 U.S. Marine Corps Reserves collected millions of toys for kids nationwide," said Lt. Col. Greg Plush, USMCR. "This holiday season, we hope to surpass our goal of collecting 8 million new toys."
 "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 Denver event, the "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour" will visit six additional U.S. cities: Nov. 4 -- Memphis, Tenn.; Nov. 9 -- Houston; Nov. 10 -- Dallas; Nov. 16 -- Chicago; Nov. 18 -- Washington; Nov. 23 -- New York City.
 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 Friends Around The World, MCI Call USA, The MCI Card and The Friends & Family Card.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin of MCI, 800-436-9749/
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