Each year, the USMC Toys for Tots program makes it possible for children from low income families to receive new toys during the holiday season.
About the USMC Toys for Tots Program
The Toys for Tots program is a charitable endeavor of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. During the fourth quarter of each year, the organization mobilizes to collect unwrapped new toys in communities where Marine Corps Reserve Units are located throughout the United States. It also collects toys in other areas through the assistance of the Marine Corps League Detachment or volunteer Marine veterans as authorized by the Toys for Tots Foundation.
The collected toys are distributed to needy youngsters in the communities where items are collected so that children from families with very limited means will be able to receive a toy at Christmas. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring a happy Christmas to underprivileged children, along with a message of hope to inspire them to ultimately grow to become responsible adult members of society who are both productive and patriotic.
Donating to Toys for Tots
The USMC Toys for Tots programs accepts donations of new toys that are still in their packages as well as financial gifts.
There are donation drop off locations for the Toys for Tots programs in cities and towns throughout the U.S. Items can be dropped off at Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations throughout the country. During the holiday season, it's likely that information about other locations where donors can leave toys will be publicized via local television and radio stations. Additionally, you can search online for places to take donations on the Toys for Tots website. The site includes a searchable database of drop off spots that allows you to search by state and city. The results page will give you the name of the individual responsible for the program in your area as well as details about locations that are accepting donations on behalf of the organization.
If you'd like to donate money to the Toys For Tots Foundation, visit the organization's secure online donation form and provide the information necessary to charge the amount you'd like to give to your credit or debit card. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation if you'd like to provide financial assistance on an ongoing basis. The organization also accepts donations via Paypal.
Making direct financial contributions isn't the only way that you can provide financial assistance to the program. You can also provide financial support for the organization by donating automobiles or recreational vehicles that you no longer want or need through the Vehicle Donation to Any Charity (V-DAC) program. There is even a dedicated eBay page, where people who are looking for a creative way to support Toys for Tots can sign up to sell items they no longer want or need via eBay and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the organization. Additionally, depending on where you live, you may have an opportunity to participate in various local fundraisers held year-round.
Request Assistance from Toys for Tots
If you're like to request that your child - or a child that you know - receive a holiday toy from the Toys for Tots program, you can nominate him or her using the Request Toys form on the organization's website. You'll need to specify what city and state the child lives in at the time you submit the request.