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 needy children in
the community in which the campaign is conducted.
GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to
deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to
needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible,
productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots
are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the
joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of
our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite
all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each
year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to
contribute to better communities in the future.
ACTIVITIES: The principal Toys for Tots
activities which take place each year are the collection and
distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve
Unit is located and in communities without a Reserve Unit that has a
Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally
veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to
conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign
Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which
include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely
voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and
concurrently generate toy and monetary donations.