Friday, January 6, 2017

The Toys-for-Tots Program

Article by Savannah Burke
Edited by Cameron Goodrich

          "Toys for Tots" is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, they distribute toys to children with parents that can't afford to get gifts for them. It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks, and this program will be celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

          The mission of this organization is to "collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted." What is needed in order to collect and distribute toys is: allowing designated coordinators to locate a place where a drop-off/collection box can go; providing free warehouse space for storing and sorting toys during the active months; and providing vehicles to collect toys.

          Local campaigns are conducted annually in 700 communities covering all 50 states, and as of 2016, the Toys for Tots Program and Foundation have collected and distributed more than 512 million toys.

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