It’s that time of year again, and the Marines are looking for a few good toys
Marines representing Marine Security Guard Battalion, based in Quantico, Va., stand in front of toys collected by State Department members, Dec. 20, 2011 at the Harry S. Truman Building, in Washington. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Dunn
Each year, Marine reserve units across the country embark on a mission of goodwill toward underprivileged children by collecting new, unwrapped toys that help brighten the spirits of needy kids during the holidays.
The mission started in 1947 under the command of Major Bill Hendricks and his Los Angeles reserve Marines. Of course, behind every great Marine is a supportive and loving woman; Hendricks credits his wife, Diane, for the concept.
The original group of Marines collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys, and the tradition continues to this day as one of the most widely known children’s organizations in the world.
If you would like to help, or are interested in requesting a toy for your child, visit the Toys for Tots Foundation.