The not-for-profit Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 547 million toys since its founding in 1947. Toys for Tots was launched more than 70 years ago by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife, Diane. The first Toys for Tots poster was designed by Walt Disney himself.
The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation was officially recognized as a not-for-profit charity in 1991.
“The Foundation raises funds, purchases toys, provides promotional and support materials, manages all funds raised and donated, solicits corporate support, educates the public and handles day-to-day operations,” the organization states on its website. “Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.”
You can help bring joy to a child this holiday season by donating an unwrapped toy or making a financial contribution to the Toys for Tots program. You can also help by volunteering.