Toys for Tots Drive is Underway

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Provided by Prince William Fire & Rescue

The Department of Fire and Rescue and the members of the Fire and Rescue System have begun collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. This year’s event will run through Dec. 14.

The Toys for Tots Program

Toys for Tots is a national charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Toys are collected and distributed to children whose parents may be financially unable to purchase gifts during the traditional Christmas Holiday Season. It is the only charitable endeavor associated with the Department of Defense that reaches out to local communities.

The program was started in 1947 in California by Major William L. Hendricks. It was inspired by his wife, Diane, when she tried to donate a doll to a needy child but could not find an organization to do so. At Diane’s suggestion, Major Hendricks gathered a group of local Marine reservists who coordinated and collected 5,000 toys for local children. Hendricks used his position as director of public relations at Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support. He later asked his friend, Walt Disney, to design a poster for a
national campaign. The result was the three-car, red train logo.

Where to Drop Off Toys

Please drop off your new and unwrapped toy at any Prince William County, City of Manassas Park or Manassas City fire station. You may also drop off at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville and the lobby at the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge. Clothes and used toys cannot be accepted. Please consider donating used toys and clothing to churches and shelters in your neighborhood.

All toys will be delivered to the Toys for Tots collection site for processing and delivery to pre-authorized organizations who have requested toys. Fire stations are not permitted to deliver toys directly to citizens.

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