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Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots
Founded 1947 (1947), Los Angeles, California
Founder Bill and Diane Hendricks
Type Charitable organization
Area served
United States
Key people
United States Marine Corps Reserve
$246,641,999 (2011)[1]
Mission Provide toys for underprivileged children
An early official promotional photo from the Toys for Tots program
InPhonic's CEO and CFO present the results of the company's drive in December 2006
FEMA donations following Hurricane Katrina

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.[2]

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity located in Triangle, Virginia, serves to fund, raise funds for, and support the program.


  • History 1
  • Mission 2
  • Notable achievements 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Toys for Tots began as a Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton,[3] who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters.[3] Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.[2]

Until 1979, Marine reservists (frequently in their dress blue uniforms) and volunteers would collect and refurbish used toys. In 1980, only new toys were accepted, as reservists were no longer able to dedicate drill hours to refurbish toys, as well as legal concerns and the mixed message of giving hand-me-downs as a message of hope.[2]

In 1991, the non-profit charity foundation. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.[4]

Noting in 1996 that many communities did not have a Marine reservist presence, the commander of the Marine Forces Reserve authorized

  • Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

External links

  1. ^ "Marine Toys for Tots Foundation". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Origin and Evolution of Toys for Tots".  
  3. ^ a b Richards, Sam (8 July 2010). "John Hampton, co-founder of Toys for Tots, dies at 103".  
  4. ^ a b "Chronological History of The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program".  
  5. ^ Hadley, Cecilia (14 December 2009). "Giving Starts at the Top: White House announces staff toy drive for Toys for Tots".  
  6. ^ "Toys for Tots". Mrs.O. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "First Lady Michelle Obama and Toys for Tots Spread Holiday Cheer". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Origin and Evolution of Toys for Tots". Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.


  • 2003 Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year (DMA NPF)[8]
  • Reader's Digest Best Children's Charity of 2003[8]
  • One of the top 10 charities of 2003 on the Forbes "Gold Star" list.[8]
  • Charity Navigator four star ratings in both 2005 and 2006.

Notable achievements

The stated goal is to "deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens."

The mission of the 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."


As of 2013, the Toys for Tots Program and Foundation have collected and distributed more than 469 million toys.[8]

In 2009, the program received support from First Lady Michelle Obama, who placed the first collection box at the White House.[5] In December 2011, she took part in a Toys for Tots activity at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.[6][7]


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