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Toys for Tots
Their Worthy Mission and Cause
The Toys for Tots program has provided a special way for our team to help bring smiles to children during the Christmas season. Each year, we look forward to teaming up with our patients and local community to provide Christmas gifts to children who are less fortunate. Our wish is that every child has the opportunity to experience the love of our community and the joy of Christmas! Major Bill Hendricks, a United States Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, was given the idea to start an organization that focuses entirely on collecting and distributing gifts to underprivileged children by his wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handmade a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to drop it off at an organization that would give it to a child in need. However, to their surprise, no such Christmastime organization existed. Hendricks’ wife then made the suggestion that instead of trying to find one, he should simply start one — and that’s exactly what he did. That December, Hendricks, along with other Marines within the Reserves, collected 5,000 toys and distributed them among children who were destitute. The campaign was so successful that first year that in 1948, the entirety of the Marine Corps took the program under its wing and made it a nationwide program. Ever since, Toys for Tots has experienced successful year after successful year in each state where a Marine Reserve Center is located.
Throughout October, November, and December every year, the Marines are busy collecting brand-new, unwrapped toys from across the country. Their mission remains to distribute these toys to children across America as Christmas gifts, ensuring that every child can experience the joy and wonder of Christmas Day. Our team has participated in this program for several years, and we’d like to encourage you to do the same. We ask that you consider partnering with us by purchasing a toy and dropping it off by our office by Friday, Dec. 14. “WITHIN THE PAST 70 YEARS, THE U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS ALLOCATED MORE THAN 400 MILLION TOYS FOR OVER 200 MILLION NEEDY CHILDREN”
Within the past 70 years, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has allocated more than 400 million toys for over 200 million needy children. According to their official website, “This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after needy children at Christmas.” Looking forward into the years to come, they hope, as many of us do, that these numbers continue to rise as people across the U.S. stand side by side with them to take up the worthy cause.
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