Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 by the Marine Corps Reserve. In the over 70 years of exceedances, Toys for Tots has Collected over 18 Billion Dollars and distributed more than 15 Billion toys to children that may not have had a Christmas. We are proud of the fact that 97% of every dollar collected buys toys for the less fortunate.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.
The Oldest City Detachment #383 Marine Corps League has been a chartered member for over 40 years. Our work in the community has been wide spread from helping with the Vets 4 Vets, Wreaths Across America, Homes for Our Troops, Canes for Vets, Scholarships Programs, Honor Guards, as well as Toys for Tots.
Last year was our first Golf Tournament for Toys for Tots and we feel like it was very successful. It raised right at 11 thousand dollars. It was a big challenge for us because we had a Hurricane that wanted to play a round with us but we got it in any way and everyone had a great time. We got a lot of participation from the community to make it very successful and we are very thankful for that. The funds we raised for Toys for Tots helped us distribute over 11,000 toys and books to over 3100 children last year. We spent over 36 Thousand dollars on toys last year.
Toys for Tots is a Total community effort by so many. Help from companies like Grumann, Fla East Coast Railway, Toys R Us, Bozard Ford, Julington Creek Pest Control, and W W Gay to name a few. The Dell Webb community as well as the high schools all help to raise funds and toys. And over 150 volunteers thru out the community.
MISSION: The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns. Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.