Toys For Tots

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Nothing is more special than Christmastime as a child. Can you imagine that time without any excitement? For some children Christmas lacks the extraordinary magic I recall.
With Toys for Tots we can do something to help them build wonderful memories…

“In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.”

“The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.”

“Most campaign sites are able to assist children up to age 12, but in many local communities, local support is such that the age limit may be extended to 14-16.”  There is no list of acceptable toys so as not to limit the variety available for distribution; the only types of toys that will not be distributed are toys with realistic looking weapons.

Like many other non-profit organizations, Toys for Tots displays the breakdown of their financials on their website. More than 97% of financial donations go to providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. 2.80% of donations go to fundraising and .20% goes to cover overhead costs; “Not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.”

“While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.”

To donate your time this holiday season, or to find a location near you to drop off your new unwrapped toy donation click here. Most donations sites appear to end collection on December 13th this year, Make sure to check the dates for locations near you.
To make a financial donation to Toys For Tots, click here.
To request a toy for a child you know click here.

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