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Marines


Toys for Tots
MFR SEAL - FLAT - 2022
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program
Please join us in bringing a message of hope to less fortunate children
About

In 1947, Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks was preparing for the holidays with his family in Los Angeles, CA. His wife, Diane, was an altruistic mother with nimble fingers and a knack for handcrafting. She handmade a few dolls during the holidays that year and asked her husband to donate them to an agency that supported children in need. The agency he sought didn’t exist - not yet.

Hendricks returned to his wife with the disheartening news, but instead of fretting, she inspired him to “start one!” He proceeded to round up the Marines in his unit to create a way to donate the dolls to children in need. They collected and distributed 5,000 toys that year.

Seeing the impact it created, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Clifton B. Cates, directed all Reserve units to implement a Toys for Tots campaign in 1948, making the Program national.

Hendricks’ civilian job was as Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studios, he used his connections to support the Program to expand its reach. As a favor to his friend Bill, Walt Disney created the first Toys for Tots poster that was adopted as the official logo.

Seventy-five years later, Toys for Tots now distributes an average of 18 million toys and books to over 7 million less fortunate children across the Nation. 

Video by Cpl. James Stanfield
3rd Force Recon Operation Santa Drop
Marine Forces Reserve
Nov. 10, 2022 | 1:07
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve conduct parachute operations in their dress blue uniforms with help from Santa to delivery toys and raise awareness for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, November 10, 2022. (Toys for Tots, a 75-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books, and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition and a positive memory for a lifetime. U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. James Stanfield)


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