Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Donate a Toy...............

The holidays are fast approaching, and the world is struggling to make ends meet. If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to offer a helping hand, I have a great way for you to make an impact on a child's life.

1. Toys for Tots have been sponsored by the Marine Corps for many years. They began collecting toys in 1947. It was the brain child of Major Bill Hendricks (USMCR) wife, Diane. She had made a doll by hand and wanted to give it to an agency to pass on to a needy child, but when they discovered that none existed, she told her husband to start one. The pilot program was so successful that the Marines adopted the program and from there it made it way across the U.S. Their slogan is "to bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children". One thing that most people don't know is that Walt Disney himself designed the logo that is still in use today. This is a not-for-profit organization. Donation campaigns begin in October and run until December 22nd. Toys are then given out to the children on the 23rd and 24th. The success of this charity lies with the public and their willingness to donate and continue to donate through the years. They usually have drop locations at retail stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Malls and other stores where toys can be purchased. You can also donate through their website www.toysfortots.org.

2. Another good place to donate toys would be your local churches. Most churches if not all accept donations of toys, clothes, food and money to help the needy especially near the holidays. Nobody wants to go without during the holidays and for children to understand the reality of having what everybody else has is a harsh reality for too many. Check with any church in your area to see if they accept donations.

3. Wal-Mart is another place to make donations. Every year around the time of the holidays they will have a box or display near the front of the store for shoppers to make purchases of toys, coats, hats, gloves and socks for the needy in the community. It is so easy to grab any type of toy off the shelf while you are doing your own holiday shopping and drop it in the box on your way out. You don't even have to wrap it.

4. You can also check with your local hospitals. Children are sick year round, especially those that are battling a chronic disease and are stuck in the hospital during the holidays. You can make their stay a little more comfortable by helping them to celebrate Christmas with a nice, new toy. Being away from home and fighting an illness is bad enough, but to do it during the holidays can bring long lasting sorrows. A lot of families have used up all of their cash reserves on hospital bills and cannot afford the simple luxuries of toys for their children.

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