We love the holidays, the season when we look forward to spending time with family and friends and enjoying all of the joy this holiday season brings with it. In the spirit of sharing that feeling with others, we take part in the Toys for Tots program. We have been an official drop off center since 2015.
Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks of the United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR). He was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade doll to a needy child but couldn't find any organization to do so. Upon her suggestion, he pulled together a group of local Marine reservists and coordinated the collection of roughly 5,000 toys for area children in collection bins at movie theaters. Due to its success, the program became a national initiative just that next year and has been going strong ever since.
In 2017, the Marine Toys for Tots Holiday Campaign delivered 18 Million Toys to 7 Million less fortunate children. If you'd like to support Toys for Tots during the holiday season, bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office and drop it off in our collection box anytime from November 1st through the first week of December or so each year.