Editor: In 1947, a group of Marines recognized a need in this country and found a way to fill it. The Toys for Tots program’s main purpose is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children.” Receiving the gift of a shiny, new toy (something many take for granted) can make a tremendous difference in child’s life.
This year, the Loudoun County Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program distributed more than 23,000 toys to area families and non-profit organizations. Two Juniors at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn conducted a bike drive resulting in 62 bicycles and helmets being donated to Toys for Tots, which made many children happy.
This program wouldn’t be successful without our volunteers, the generosity of area families, and businesses/organizations.
A special thank you goes out to Merritt Properties, LLC, which donated warehouse space where we collected, sorted, and distributed toys. It is important to note, that each year we are tasked with locating a space for our operation.
To provide non-profit organizations with toys in time for their Christmas distribution, we must provide them toys by mid-November. Therefore, there has to be an inventory on hand, as we don’t receive community/public donations until mid-December. Sorting and storing of this inventory takes place after Christmas and into January.
We are already planning for our next season which begins October 1st and would welcome assistance. If you would like to help with the 2016 Toys for Tots program, please email us in October at Toys4TotsLoudoun@gmail.com.