Toys for Tots
Coordinator Sergeant Amador Garcia Jr.
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.
Volunteer and Contact Us
As you know we are fast approaching another Toys for Tots season and the requests for assistance are going to be coming soon. This season will not be successful without you. For those of you who are available to assist in volunteering personal time to help in our efforts this season, you may contact the below.
Sgt Amador Garcia
850-452-8762 Ext. 3115
I just want to say thank you in advance for everything you do in our community, and I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you!
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, United States Marine Corps Reserve and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill's wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did just that! The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.
Toys For Tots is a Top-Rated Charity
Over 97% of your donations goes to our mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. Less than 3% is spent on fundraising and overhead.