Speaking Points

Marine Toys for Tots Program was created by the Marine Corps in 1947.

Mission: Through the gift of a new toy help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to less fortunate children.

In 1948 Walt Disney designed the first Toys for Tots poster which included the three car train that now serves as our logo.

Over the past 69 years, Marines and our tens of thousands of volunteers have distributed 529 million toys to 244 million less fortunate children.

In 2017 Local Toys for Tots Campaigns will take place in over 800 towns and cities across the country, covering all 50 States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Washington DC.

We hope to distribute over 18 million toys to over 7.5 million less fortunate children this year.  In 2016 we distributed over 18 million toys to 6.9 million children.  The Census Bureau reports that nearly 15 million children in our country live in poverty.

For over three decades one of our areas of focus has been the Native Americans living on reservations in the southwest.  Over the years, millions of toys have been distributed to hundreds of thousands of Native American children.

People often ask how they can help.  If you are in business, we are always looking for donated warehouse space to store and sort toys and donated vehicle support to assist in the collection and distribution of toys.  For individuals, just purchase a toy (or better yet, several toys) and drop them in one of our Toys for Tots barrels.  If it’s not convenient to shop for toys, one can make a monetary donation on our website: www.toysfortots.org.   One can also volunteer to work in one of our warehouses sorting toys or assist with the collection and distribution of toys.

Key supporters and volunteers in 2016 included our First Lady, Michelle Obama, television star, Ellen DeGeneres, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Marine Toys for Tots meets all twenty standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and is thus designated an Accredited Charity. 

It’s important for our donors to know that the Marine Toys for Tots Program has a very enviable program to support ratio of 97:3, which means 97% of donations are spent on the program with only 3% spent on overhead.  In this regard, Marine Toys for Tots is the envy of the nonprofit world.  It would also be worth noting that not one donated dollar goes to pay anyone’s salary.

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