What is the USMC Toys For
U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS
MISSION: The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during
October, November and December each year and distribute those
toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in
which the campaign is conducted.
GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver,
through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy
youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible,
productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots are to
help needy children throughout the United States experience the
joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of
one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our
children; to unite all members of local communities in a common
cause for three months each year during the annual toy
collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to
better communities in the future.
ACTIVITIES: The principal Toys for Tots activities
which take place each year are the collection and distribution
of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit
is located and in communities without a Reserve Unit that has a
Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women,
generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots
Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys
for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities
throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races,
bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to
increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate
toy and monetary donations.