Christmas is for children…and for adults everywhere who love to see children smile! Don’t forget our annual Toys for Tots collection at our holiday party this November 8th. If you wish to make a donation, bring a new, unwrapped toy to our year end chapter meeting on November 8, and the Marines will take it from there.
Toys for Tots is an effort created by Marine Reservist and Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio, Bill Hendricks, to provide gifts for underprivileged children during the holidays. Hendricks started what become Toys for Tots at the urging of his wife when they were unable to find an organization they could donate toys to for distribution at Christmas. Their objective is to assist with the development of children for the benefit of them, their families and our nation’s future. The first Toys for Tots collection was in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR, and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.
Over the 62 years of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children. Over its 18 year life span, the US Marines’ Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 81.3 million toys valued at more than $487 million. The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.”
For the past 10 years, PRSA Suburban Chicago has been proud to help meet that objective. Almost every year, chapter members and guests have donated toys to the chapter’s Toys for Tots collection drive.