Are you looking for a place to donate toys to bring joy to a child in need this holiday season? The Duvall Coldwell Banker Bain office will be collecting new toys for the Toys for Tots organization from December 1st to December 17th at their Duvall office. Their big collection day event will be Saturday, December 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where you can come and meet Santa and donate new toys or cash. The office address is 15410 Main St. NE, Suite E in Duvall.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major William L. Hendricks.
Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, and coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters. 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.
In 1991, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation with the non-profit charity foundation. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
Noting in 1996 that many communities did not have a Marine reservist presence, the commander of Marine Forces Reserve authorized Marine Corps League detachments and other local organizations to fill the gaps in toy collection and distribution. In 2009, the program received support from Michelle Obama, who placed the first collection box at the White House.
As of 2009, the Toys for Tots Program and Foundation have collected and distributed almost five hundred million toys.