What is Toys for Tots?
In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks – with the support of members of his Los Angeles Marine Corps Reserve unit – collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Bill’s program was so successful that in 1948, the Marine Corps adopted it and expanded it nationwide as the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. In the intervening years, Marines have conducted more than 50 successful campaigns, collecting and distributing over 243,250,000 toys.
The program has enjoyed the support of an array of notable Americans. Walt Disney designed the logo. Nat “King” Cole and Peggy Lee recorded the Toys for Tots song. Bob hope, John Wayne, Brooke Shields, Johnny Carson, and Garth Brooks are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have used their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots. First Lady Barbara Bush served as the honorary national chairperson in 1992, and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.
Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community relations program. To many Americans, Christmas isn’t complete without the image of uniformed Marines collecting and distributing toys to needy children of their communities. Distributing an average of 16,000,000 toys annually to over 7,000,000 needy children. Marine Corps Reserve Units located throughout the nation conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in the communities near their Reserve Centers each year. Campaigns begin in October and last until December 22nd. Caring Americans drop off new, unwrapped toys at collection receptacles located in local businesses. Marines pick up, sort, and store these toys in a central warehouse. As Christmas nears, Marines distribute toys to social welfare agencies for distribution to needy children prior to Christmas Day.
While Marines organize, coordinate, and manage the program, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.
Local business leaders play a key role by allowing Marines to locate collection receptacles in their stores; by providing free warehouse space during October, November, and December for sorting and storing toys; by providing vehicles to collect toys from collection sites; by sponsoring toy raising events; and by helping Marines receive maximum media exposure for Toys for Tots.
For more information or local drop off locations please visit http://wichita-ks.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx or contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services for more details!!!