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Toys for Tots

BY: Automation | Dec 11, 2018


Only three months until Christmas, and Toys for Tots has a heartwarming holiday story to share: "It was Christmas Eve and Delores, a single mother struggling to make ends meet, was working at the kitchen table painting a round Quaker Oats box.  She was trying to make it look like a little toy drum.  This would be her four year old son's only toy for Christmas.  She hoped he wouldn't recognize that it had been a box of cereal earlier in the day.  She had two straws that would be the drum sticks.  Delores had nothing for her two year old daughter, but was hopeful that she was still too young to really understand what Christmas was all about.  Someone had given her a scrawny, ‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree for her family to enjoy, but there were no presents under it. As Christmas Eve continued Delores became more depressed at her situation.  Her husband had left her and the children, she had no real family to count on and she was penniless.  The job she had paid barely enough for a scant one-bedroom apartment and put a little food on the table.  She could handle not having nice things, but it hurt deeply not being able to provide for her children this Christmas like other parents were able to do. At the height of her misery there came an unexpected knock at her door.  It took her a minute to respond since she had to hide the toy drum she was painting in the kitchen.  When she finally got to the door she found her two curious children already standing there.  She then opened the door but found no one there; only a box with toys was left on the stoop.   A couple of the toys were for a little boy about four and a couple were for a little girl about two.  Of course both children were excited and they just knew that Santa Claus had left those gifts for them.  Delores knew differently.  She watched as two Marines got into their van and drove away to their next Toys for Tots house.  With a smile, Delores put the oats back into a very colorful Quaker Oat box."


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 less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. For more information, please visit the Toys for Tots website. To donate, please visit the Donation Page