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Toys for Tots Brightens Children’s Holiday


Written by Morgan Cole

As the holidays approach, many might wonder how they can spread the love and generosity to the less-fortunate this holiday season.

Most everyone has heard of the Marine Toys for Tots, a 68-year-old charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, that helps provide happiness and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked during the Christmas holiday season. Their gifts offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory that will last them for a lifetime.

During the one season that a child would rather be remembered with a gift than anything else in the world, Toys for Tots makes genuine contributions throughout more than 760 communities nationwide, uniting members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during their annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.

Many of the gifts provided, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, as well as social and recreational interests, of these children. The program is also of immense assistance to parents who, during the holiday season, are unable to provide needed gifts for their children.

The national program, headed up by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, has been gathering together toys for underprivileged children since 1947. Since then, the foundation has donated more than half a billion toys and other products of use to pre-teens in need through the holiday season and beyond.

For a complete list of drop-off locations for Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties, In Pensacola, interested donors can also drop-off merchandise at Toys “R” Us in University Town Plaza.

The Marine Corps has been fulfilling the holiday hopes and dreams of nearly seven million less- fortunate children in each of the past 10 years. While that may seem like a lot of children, the organization, unfortunately, runs out of gifts for many more children out there who may be in need.

For more information on the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, visit or call the foundation at (703) 640-9433.



How do I find my local Toys for Tots campaign?

The national website is the starting point to find one of over 700 Toys for Tots campaign sites. Visit, and click “Select a State”, enter your zip-code, if your city/county is available, you will see a link to direct you to your local Toys for Tots Website.

At the local website, each visitor may find information about community events, how to become a collection point for the local campaign, how to register for assistance, and how to donate directly to a local campaign.

Where can I drop off a toy?

Visit and proceed through the following four-step process to determine the toy drop-off location nearest to you:

1. Click the “Toy Drop-Offs” button at the top of the page

2. Select your state; City or County search options will appear

3. Select the city or county nearest your location to view the complete list of toy drop-off locations