We are proud supporters of the US Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.The primary goal is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children.
Together, we can make a difference; that's why we are offering 15% off when you bring in a donation to help provide a ray of hope for local children in the Hampton Roads Area.
Delivering Hope Since 1947
To date, The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation has distributed 548 million toys to support 251 million children. Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.
A military officer started it all. Toys for Tots was founded by Colonel Bill Hendricks, USMCR (Ret) in 1947. He was inspired by his wife, Diane, when she tried to donate a homemade doll to a needy child but couldn't find any organization to do so. Upon her suggestion, he pulled together a group of local Marine reservists and coordinated the collection of roughly 5,000 toys for area children in collection bins at movie theaters. Due to its success, the program became a national initiative just that next year and has been going strong ever since.
Walt Disney designed the famous logo. In 1948, Walt Disney designed the first national Toys for Tots poster which included the now famous Toys for Tots Train Logo. These Christmas posters have become a recognized part of the annual program, and through the years have featured such notable characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Dennis the Menace, Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner.
There’s a theme song. In 1956, Oscar-winning songwriters Sammy Fain and Paul Webster composed a Toys For Tots Theme Song. Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, and Vic Damone all later recorded the song. Check out Nat King Cole's Version on YouTube!
Toys for Tots is a top-rated charity. 97% of donations go to providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. Less than 3% is spent on fundraising and overhead.
It’s an official mission. In 1995, then-Defense Secretary William Perry approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the Marine Corps — and as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
Toy Donation Information
In order to provide a wide selection of items, there is no preapproved donation list for Toys for Tots. Think about what you would consider an appropriate gift for your child/relative as these toys are given to children in our community.
What Kind of Toy Can I Donate?
Preferably around the $10 or above price range
Books are also needed
Homemade toys are also accepted
What Toys Are Not Accepted?
Toys containing food
Toys related to weapons
What Ages of Children Are Eligible to Receive Toys?
Ages 0 up to 12 years
Gifts are separated between boys and girls
Age ranges are separated from 0-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-11
Gifts for ages 9-11 are in great need in our area!