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SANTA'S SLEIGH PULLS INTO SAN FRANCISCO, 2ND STOP ON MCI FRIENDS & FAMILY HOLIDAY TOUR" TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

 SANTA'S SLEIGH PULLS INTO SAN FRANCISCO, 2ND STOP ON MCI
 FRIENDS & FAMILY HOLIDAY TOUR" TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS
 SAN FRANCISCO. Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in San Francisco, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and national Toys for Tots sponsor MCI Telecommunications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), preempted Halloween by hosting a holiday extravaganza as part of the second annual "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour." Santa Claus joined the festivities to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve raise awareness -- and ultimately donations -- of the 45th annual Toys for Tots toy-raising effort.
 Santa Claus and MCI representatives shared "Breakfast -- Ham and Eggs North Pole Style" with children from the Golden Gate School and made the first official toy donation of 1992 to San Francisco Us needy children. Laura Pinkney, assistant to Mayor Frank Jordan, was also on hand to present a proclamation declaring Oct. 16 as Toys for Tots day in San Francisco.
 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 $10.00. (Callers will be billed $10.00 per call. Proceeds will be used to purchase toys for needy children).
 "Last year, with the help of such generous national sponsors as MCI, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve collected millions of toys for our nation's neediest children. This year we are proud once again to have MCI as one of our most valued national sponsors," remarked Major Jack Biederman, USMCR. "Their strong commitment to our program in 1991 helped us to have one of our best years ever."
 "For the second year in a row, the 'MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour' is traveling the nation to raise awareness and increase donations to Toys for Tots," said Gerald Taylor, president, MCI Consumer Markets. "By delivering gifts to Toys for Tots kids in 12 cities, we hope to encourage holiday shoppers to buy one more gift this season -- for a needy child somewhere."
 The local Toys for Tots kick off at the Exploratorium is the second stop on the 12-city "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour." The tour includes the following stops: Phoenix, Oct. 19; Denver, Oct. 23; Dallas, Oct. 27; Houston, Oct. 28; Memphis, Nov. 5; Atlanta, Nov. 10; Chicago, Nov. 12; Detroit, Nov. 17; Washington, Nov. 19; and New York, Nov. 24. (The tour stopped in Los Angeles on Oct. 14.)
 The "MCI Friends & Family Holiday Tour" helps the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve raise awareness -- and ultimately 8 million new, unwrapped toys for children.
 MCI Communications Corporation, 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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