Toys for Tots

Filed under: Holidays, Toys

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. The toys get distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The program began in 1947 in Los Angeles where Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Over the past 62 years, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children. Toys for Tots has been named "America's Best Children's Charity" by Reader's Digest and has made Forbes's "Gold Star List" of charities.

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