Happy Holidays Everyone

Christmas is the time of year that families and friends gather.  Seeing the children’s eye’s light up at that special toy or magical tree – that is what Christmas is all about.  People come from all walks of life to bring joy to the children.

 Toys for Tots – began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so.

At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters.

Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.

 In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.  Today you see the bins out everywhere and the Marines deliver thousands of toys all over the United States.

The Marines are not the only ones that collect and distribute toys, but they are the most well known.  I thought it was interesting that Walk Disney designed the toy train logo for the Marines.

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!  

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