‘Tis the Season for Giving

by on March 7th, 2015
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Toys for Tots is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by the US Marine Corps, Marine Forces Reserve, Marine Corps League Detachments, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and various local community organizations. This organization collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to thousands of children each year during the holiday season in over 50 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Donation sites are located a variety of places, including local businesses, stores, and social service agencies, from October through mid-December allowing anyone to donate a new toy for a child in need. Donations are picked up and taken to a local warehouse to be sorted by age group and gender. The best part is that these donations stay within your community! At Christmas time, local social service and community agencies, churches, and other volunteers distribute the toys to children in need.

Anyone can donate to Toys for Tots in a variety of ways. The most prevalent is buying a new toy at a store featuring a donation box, and dropping the donation in the box before you leave. You may also find different events happening in your community that raise funds for the organization. The Toys for Tots website also offers quite a few different donation methods. You can donate monetarily through the site’s easy to use Donate Online function, or you can donate using your PayPal account. Consider making a donation in memory or in tribute of someone, which includes a card sent on your behalf. You can even donate money through Ebay sales by donating 10-100% of any item’s final selling price.

Consider making a donation to Toys for Tots this year. Not only are the toys given out locally, 98% of the organization’s donations go towards providing toys for less fortunate children. With a donation to Toys for Tots, you can guarantee a child has a gift this Christmas. Remember your best memories of the holidays and how special it feels to know someone cares about you. Make a difference by making it a magical time of year for a less fortunate child in your community by donating to Toys for Tots.

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