As a family with many active Marine and Military members, the Toys for Tots program is near and dear to our hearts. Every year we collect toys from the community for the Foundation in an effort to help make the Holidays magical and memorable for all kids, even those in need.
According to ToysforTots.com, the organization started in 1947 as a philanthropic endeavor by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife, Diane. As a dollmaker, Diane had used her time to create handmade dolls for children and her husband was tasted with delivering them to organizations that help children in need.
Since then, the Foundation has reached tremendous heights by raising funds, purchasing toys, and providing promotional and support materials to corporate supporters as well as educating the public on its existence and purpose. “Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Simply bring your donation of new, unwrapped toys in their original packaging materials to our office during normal business hours to our designated collection box and we will do the rest!
We are currently collecting toys for infants – children of 12 years of age.
Here are some gift guidelines from the Foundation to keep in mind when you’re looking for a donation to purchase:
Any toys in their original boxes/packaging are acceptable, however the organization will not accept any realistic weapons toys. If you think it might not pass, just skip that one and bring something else.
Because many social services organizations do not request stuffed animals and many do not come in a sealed box/packaged type material, they currently are not allowing stuffed animal donations at this time.
We are currently collecting toys until December 11th, 2018 when we will then take them to our local Foundation drop-off site. If you miss that deadline, simply call our office or visit their website at Toysfortots.org to find your nearest drop off location that is still accepting toys, the official cut-off date from the Foundation is December 16th, 2018.
We have had tremendous success being a part of this organization every year and take pride in our community for always being so generous during the holiday season.
We wish you and your family a great Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!