MISSION:The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program 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.
GOAL: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.
Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until mid to late December. Toy distribution also takes place mid to late December. Membera of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses. Coordinators pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community. Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.
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.
Not sure where or how to donate? The home page has a donation location drop down menu, or you can make cash donations online via Paypal. Toys for Tots primarily works with children up to age 12, although some communities accept donations up to age 14 or 16. Imagine what it would be like to wake up Christmas morning with no tree, no toys, no gifts, no food….Christmas is a time of plenty for many, but for many it is a day that is lacking. Help Toys for Tots this season by donating a new unwrapped toy or two and bring some happy to a child’s life.