Did you know that Toys for Tots is an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps? Yes, that elite fighting unit, the tip of the spear, runs one of the largest and longest-standing holiday season fundraising events in the United States, if not the world.
Each year from October through December at designated locations, the Marines collect new, unwrapped, un-opened toys that are distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The goal of Toys for Tots is to provide a message of hope to under-privileged kids that will assist them in becoming productive, responsible, patriotic citizens.
In the DFW Metroplex, the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco was the scene of one of this year’s drives. On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Marines and local volunteers were on hand to collect toys. Members of Titan’s executive, sales, recruiting, and support teams collected toys and stopped by the ballpark to donate them to the community.
Deuce and Daisy, the Frisco Roughriders mascot, entertained the people who came to donate toys or make a contribution. Since Deuce gets paid in cotton candy, he was there pulling his usual pranks and making the event memorable.
The gifts that are donated to Toys for Tots are simple but cherished by the children. In past years, children have adored gifts that are available at Wal-Mart, Michaels, or local novelty and toy stores. For girls, craft kits for jewelry, colorful hair weaves, bracelets, and makeup are popular. For boys, they seem to like Star Wars kits, scooters, MP3 players, and Legos.
In 2014, 14 million toys were given to 8 million children. Wow! A beneficial aspect of Toys for Tots is that it is a nationwide program, so everyone can participate. If you are near a Marine base, reserve unit, or recruiting office, they all participate in this annual event and would appreciate any contributions. Since the Marines took over this foundation more than 20 years ago, millions of children have experienced the joy of the holidays through the gift of a toy and hope.
If you are not able to drive to one of the Toys for Tots locations but want to share some cheer with less fortunate children, you can donate online. Ninety-eight percent of your donation goes to the purchase of gifts. You can donate by clicking HERE or visit the DFW Toys for Tots drive for more information.